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
-Fr. Frank Pavone
Discourse of Holy Father JOHN PAUL II
- H.E. Card. ALFONSO LOPEZ TRUJILLO, during Mass, February 14th
- 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
Prof. ADRIANO PESSINA, Guidelines for a philosophical foundation of moral
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
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
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
Concluding Document .
Index of Authors
Teachings of the Magisterium on Abortion