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New Book Released from the Vatican:
The Identity and Status of the Human Embryo

I am pleased to bring to your attention the 1998 publication, in English, of the proceedings of the Third Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, on the subject of The Identity and Status of the Human Embryo. This book contains the reflections of Vatican Officials, bishops, and experts in various fields touching on the human embryo from philosophical, biological, juridical, ethical, and theological perspectives. The table of contents follows.

The book has just become available through the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 00120 Vatican City State. From the USA, call 011-39-6-6988-5003, or fax 011-39-6-6988-4716.

-Fr. Frank Pavone  

 

GENERAL INDEX

INTRODUCTION

Discourse of Holy Father JOHN PAUL II .

Homilies:

- H.E. Card. ALFONSO LOPEZ TRUJILLO, during Mass, February 14th 1997

- H.E. Mons. TARCISIO BERTONE, during Mass, February 15th 1997

- H.E. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGAN, during Mass, February 15th 1997

- Prof. JUAN DE Dios VIAL CORREA, Presentation of Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life .

 

THE FIRST PART

CONTRIBUTION OF THE TASK-FORCE

H.E. Mons. ELIO SGRECCIA Introduction to the Work of the Task Force

Prof. SALVINO LEONE, The ancient roots of a recent debate

Prof. IGNACIO CARRASCO DE PAULA, The respect due to the human embryo: a historical and doctrinal perspective

Dr. LAURA PALAZZANI, The meanings of the philosophical concept of person and their implications in the current debate on the status of the human embryo

Mons. LIVIO MELINA, Epistemological questions with regard to the status of the human embryo

Prof. ANGELO SERRA, Prof. ROBERTO COLOMBO, Identity and status of the human embryo: the contribution of biology

Prof. RAMON LUCAS LUCAS, The anthropological status of the human embryo

Prof. JEAN LAFFITTE, The status of the embryo in light of the theological anthropology .

Prof. ADRIANO PESSINA, Guidelines for a philosophical foundation of moral knowledge

Prof. MAURO COZZOLI, The human embryo: ethical and normative aspects .

Prof. LUCIANO EUSEBI, Protection of the human embryo: juridical profiles

 

THE SECOND PART

CONTRIBUTIONS AND INTERVENTIONS

OF ACADEMICIANS

 

Prof. JUAN DE DIOS VIAL CORREA, Dr. MONICA DABIKE, The embryo as an organism

Prof. ALBERTO CATURELLI, Identity and status of the human embryo from the perspective of metaphysics .

Dr. HELEN WATT, The origin of persons .

On. CARLO CASINI The human embryo: a subject

Prof. NICHOLAS TONTI-FILIPPINI The concept of human dignity in the international human rights instruments.

Prof. WOLFGANG WALDSTEIN, The legal position of the unborn child in Roman law .

Prof. HUGO O.M. OBIGLIO, Considerations on the identity and status of the human embryo

Dr. EVELYN BILLINGS, The term reproductive health

Prof. HUMBERTO L. VIEIRA, The veto of sterilization in Brazil

Dr. ETIENNE KABORE, Identity and status of the human embryo in African traditional societies

Concluding Document .

Index of Authors

Name index

Subject index

Teachings of the Magisterium on Abortion

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