Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"The traditional teaching of the Catholic Church for at least four centuries--a teaching reaffirmed and extended by the most prominent of the pre-Vatican II popes, Pius XII (1939-58)--distinguished between ordinary and extraordinary means of preserving life. No one, the church consistently taught, is obliged to use extraordinary means to sustain their life on this earth...
Almost every reputable Catholic moral theologian who commented on the Schiavo case concluded that continuing the use of a feeding tube to keep Mrs. Schiavo alive was a clear instance of an extraordinary means, and as such could be dispensed with."
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Winner, John Courtney Murray Award "for outstanding and distinguished achievement in Theology," Catholic Theological Society of America, 1976
President, Catholic Theological Society of America, 1973-74
Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Writer, syndicated weekly theology column for the Catholic press
Frequent on-air network commentator for Church-related events
Priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut