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Cathleen Kaveny, JD, PhD Biography

John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“As the pope recognizes, the weak, almost by definition, need assistance from the stronger in order to survive. Consequently, the culture of life demands not only that ‘human life [must] not be taken, but it must be protected with loving concern.’ … In striking fashion, the tradition’s longstanding prohibition against euthanasia is firmly situated within the context of a broad social and personal responsibility to act with solidarity and charity toward all fellow human beings, particularly those most in need. The enduring contribution of Evangelium vitae may well be the groundbreaking way in which it integrates Catholic social teaching with the doctrine on medical-moral questions. The synergy created by that integration could inspire the solidarity and hope that American Catholics might offer our fellow citizens as we grapple together with the issue of euthanasia and public policy.”

“Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, and the Law,” Theological Studies, 1997

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago, 2002-2003
  • Royden B. Davis Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Georgetown University, 1998
  • John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, Notre Dame University
  • Professor of Theology, Notre Dame University
  • Former associate at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray in its health-law group
  • Teaches a seminar: “Ethics and Law at the End of Life”
  • Served on the editorial board of The American Journal of Jurisprudence
    Served on the editorial board of The Journal of Religious Ethics
  • Served on the editorial board of The Journal of Law and Religion
  • Served on the editorial board of The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative
  • Advisory Board of the University’s Erasmus Institute
  • PhD, Yale University, 1991
  • JD, Yale University, 1990
  • M.Phil, Yale University, 1990
  • MA, Yale University, 1986
  • AB, Princeton University, 1984
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  1. Would Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide or Voluntary Euthanasia Create a Slippery Slope to Non-Voluntary or Involuntary Euthanasia?