Thursday, October 26, 2006

Academia Babylon

A chum sends me news of an event no-one should miss:

JOSEPH/YUSUF in the Hebrew Bible and the Qur'an, and thematically related New Testament texts.

Thursdays, 1-2pm, starting 5 October

All Blogchester University students and staff welcome. You bring a vegetarian sandwich and we'll bring fruit and chocolate.

Quite why Christians should consult a book in which the Trinity is denied, as is the crucifixion and quite why Jews should consult a book in which Abraham takes Ishmael and not Isaac up the mountain, I do not know.

And since when did lecturers start making dietary proscriptions?

You bring a vegetarian sandwich

I might fancy a pork pie - are you going to ban me?

Anyway, I can't make it that day.
I'm really upset at missing it. Not.


Blogger antonia said...

Hi Paulinus!

Hope you are well!

I was wondering if you could pass on a few words of Catholic medical wisdom to me....

what is the Church's stance on ectopic pregnancies?

Is it morally licit to apply the doctrine of double effect to removing the fallopian tube with the ectopic embryo in?

Somehow it doesn't sit right with me that it would be okay, but perhaps I am misunderstanding something...
(is it a bit like the it's-okay-to-shoot-and-kill in the self-defence argument?)

any pointers in the right direction would be much appreciated!

Sorry this is a bit random!

God Bless!


9:53 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Not a subject I have much expertise on.That is to say, I have no expertise.

There was nothing useful from a quick PubMed search. From a more general search, the following may help. There is clearly a lot of wacky stuff on the internet, but I've drawn this stuff from sites which appear faithful to the magisterium. The summary seems to be that the principle of double effect does apply in cases where a tubal pregnancy seriously threatens the life of the mother and the tue is damaged and the fetus is no longer viable. The fact is that this incredibly rare event (1 in 60 million I saw quoted for a pregnancy where a still living foetus in a tubal pregnancy gravely threatens the life of the mother) can in no way affect the general principle of the preservation of life.

The "it's-okay-to-shoot-and-kill" argument doesn't apply - foetuses don't wield guns.

A mother facing a tubal pregnancy risks imminent rupture of the fallopian tube. While the doctor would opt for the least risk and expense to the mother, all the options presented to her involve terminating the pregnancy. The mother, however, must respect both her life and that of her child.

There is no treatment available that can guarantee the life of both. The Church has moral principles that can be applied in ruling out some options, but she has not officially instructed the faithful as to which treatments are morally licit and which are illicit. Most reputable moral theologians, as discussed below, accept full or partial salpingectomy (removal of the fallopian tube), as a morally acceptable medical intervention in the case of a tubal pregnancy.

(if the links don't come out properly I'll email them to you)

12:43 AM  

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