Aparecida 469ab: Courses In Bioethics

The Aparecida bishops outline nine steps to promote life issues. The first two involve education.

469. So that the disciples and missionaries may praise God, giving thanks for life and serving it, we propose the following actions:

a) Pursue the promotion in Bishops Conferences and dioceses of courses on family and ethical questions for bishops and for agents of ministries to help provide a solid basis for dialogues on the particular problems and situations in life.

Would we assume bishops are well-versed in family issues of ethics and morality? Slight surprise on m part, but remember: this is a self-diagnosis on the part of Latin American and Caribbean prelates.

It’s not just bishops that are a concern:

b) Strive to assure that priests, deacons, religious and lay people undertake university studies of family morality, ethical questions, and when possible, more specialized courses in bioethics.(Cf. Pontifical Council for the Family, Family and Ethical Questions, 2006)

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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