Our society is filled with many complex issues that are often difficult to comprehend. Combine this with a faith dimension and, at times, it can all seem somewhat overwhelming. Our country is fortunate to have in our midst an institute that brings together our faith and ethics under one umbrella: the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute (CCBI).
A small team, led by Dr. Moira McQueen, capably deals with issues in a number of different areas, assisting parishes, lay movements, schools and the Canadian bishops in making sense of it all. They offer their popular "People in the Pews" program as well as regular lectures and newsletters to help keep our family of faith updated and informed.
The annual Cardinal Ambrozic lecture takes place March 25th this year on the topic of "Nutrition & Hydration: Ethical & Medical Implications of Catholic Teaching" at St. Mike's College.
A quick look at the CCBI principles pretty much sums it up:
- Promote the dignity of each person through every stage of life
- Promote an ethos of life and the virtues of respect,
benevolence, compassion, and justice in the context of contemporary health care;
- Work with a special commitment to those who are poor and most vulnerable;
- Be an effective resource within the Church and in our society through the Institute’s unique contribution to ethics research within the context of a Catholic tradition;
- Commit to ethics education in health care and the life sciences;
- Collaborate with related organizations to provide services to the Church and society based on intellectual inquiry, and reasoned, rigorous reflection on moral issues that promote understanding an application of the Church’s teaching and the enhancement of human dignity and freedom.
From dealing with sensitive end of life issues to discussion around stem cell research, educating around organ donation to advocating for those suffering with mental health issues, the CCBI quietly but effectively is making a profound impact on people of faith all across the country.
We give thanks for all those who foster a culture of life through their important work. May God continue to bless all those who help educate, advocate and inspire.
During this Lenten season, we remember, we celebrate, we believe...Photo: Newsweek