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A course guide dedicated to Bioethics

Selected Resources

Listed here are a selection of resources. More may be found in the Welder Library and in other places. Develop your research skills by finding some resources yourself to share with the class. Not all views in these resources are compatible with the Catholic faith. Read them with a discerning eye. 

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Bioethics Journals

These journals were selected by the bioethics faculty as ones that may be beneficial to your research. Welder Library has access to some of these journals. Some are available through open access. Some you may have to request specific articles by using our interlibrary loan service. Look for these icons below to determine how you can gain access to them. 

Name of Journal  How Do I Get Access? Scope of Journal 
BMC Medical Ethics  BMC Medical Ethics is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in relation to the ethical aspects of biomedical research and clinical practice, including professional choices and conduct, medical technologies, healthcare systems and health policies
Catholic Medical Quarterly Catholic Medical Quarterly is a medical journal set up to discuss key issues in medicine as they relate to and support doctors nurses and other health care professionals in their practice. It is the journal of the Catholic Medical Association (UK).
Christian Bioethics 

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Christian Bioethics is a non-ecumenical, interdenominational Journal, exploring the content-full commitments of the Christian faiths with regard to the meaning of human life, sexuality, suffering, illness, and death within the context of medicine and health care. 

Ethics and Medics 



Ethics and Medics provides analysis and commentary on matters of current interest in health care, medicine, and law in order to help priests and religious, health professionals, students, and lay Catholics understand and appreciate the moral teaching of the Church regarding life and health.
Eubois Journal of Asian and International Bioethics  Eubios Ethics Institute is a nonprofit group that aims to stimulate the international discussion of ethical issues, and how we may use technology in ways consistent with "good life" (eu-bios). It aims at an integrated and cross-cultural approach to bioethics, and has a global network of partners.
Health Care Ethics USA This publication is an ethics vehicle for the Catholic health ministry. In it, ethicists and those responsible for ethics in their organizations will share ideas, ethical analyzes and reflections, leading practices, policies, tools, case studies, literature reviews and bibliographies, and other important resources.
The Linacre Quarterly 

(Print, 2011-2013)

The Linacre Quarterly explores issues at the interface of medicine and religion, focusing on bioethics but also exploring medical topics which have an ethical dimension. Drawing from the rich tradition of Catholic bioethics. It brings a holistic approach to the patient, integrating findings from clinical medicine with psychology, sociology, and religion in order to elucidate bioethical issues and their impact on patients, health-care workers, and medical systems in the setting of society and the extant culture.
Monash Bioethics Review Australia’s oldest peer reviewed bioethics journal. Each issue contains several original articles by leading commentators on bioethics. Also included is an Ethics Committee Supplement, featuring original articles and news items on issues of particular interest to members of human research ethics committees. 
National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 


The National Catholic Bioethics Quartely addresses the ethical, philosophical, and theological questions raised by the rapid pace of modern medical and technological progress. The Quarterly seeks to foster intellectual inquiry on moral issues by publishing articles that address the ethical, philosophical, theological, and clinical questions raised by the rapid pace of modern medical and technological progress.
The New Bioethics  The New Bioethics seeks to reclaim bioethics as a diverse and multidisciplinary project. It provides a space for dialogue between different perspectives on biotechnology and offers the chance to find new kinds of common ground. The journal invites contributions from a range of perspectives, from the social and political sciences, from feminist perspectives, from the traditions of European Continental philosophy, Anglo-American analytic philosophy and Eastern philosophies and diverse religious perspectives.

‚ÄčList of the top 50 Bioethics Journals:


American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

ASBH represents nearly 1,800 physicians, nurses, social workers, members of the clergy, educators, researchers, and other healthcare professionals interested in the specialty of bioethics and the medical humanities. Members work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals and universities. Individual membership is open to all individuals with an interest in health care from multiple disciplines including ethics, health policy, history, law, literature, and religion. Individual members receive all privileges and benefits of membership including the right to vote and hold office in the Society.

Anscombe Bioethics Centre

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre is a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. It brings to bear on those questions principles of natural law, virtue ethics, and the teaching of the Catholic Church, and seeks to develop the implications of that teaching for emerging fields of practice. The Centre engages in scholarly dialogue with academics and practitioners of other traditions. It contributes to public policy debates as well as to debates and consultations within the Church. It runs educational programs for, and gives advice to, Catholics and other interested healthcare professionals and biomedical scientists.

Asian Federation of Catholic Medical Associations

Upholding the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine in Asian countries. 

Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies

The purpose of the federation is to promote through educational activities and other means, the teaching of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church as applied to the practice and the provision of health care.  The federation also seeks to contribute to the development of public policy in relations to medical ethics and health care, in accordance with the dignity and worth of human life. 

Catholic Health Association

The association is an educational organization whose purpose is to promote the exchange of ideas and foster multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in all of the endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities.

Catholic Medical Association 

The Catholic Medical Association is the largest association of Catholic individuals in health care. We help our members to grow in faith, maintain ethical integrity, and provide excellent health care in accordance with the teachings of the Church.

Catholic Medical Association (UK)

The Catholic Medical Association (UK) is a registered charity which all Catholic healthcare professionals, hospital chaplains and managers involved in clinical service may join to access a range of services which aim to make it easier for you to integrate your faith and your clinical practice, to network online or at branch meetings with like-minded colleagues in your area or with specialty interests in common.

Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD) is a Christian bioethics research center at Trinity International University that explores the nexus of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. CBHD fosters a distinctly Christian conception of bioethics that is both academically rigorous and broadly accessible.

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars

The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars came into existence "in order to serve Jesus Christ better by helping one another in our work and by putting our abilities more fully at the service of the Catholic faith." Its goals and objectives are elaborated in the organization's official statement of purpose

International Association of Bioethics

The International Association of Bioethics aims to be truly international, linking all this working in boethics and related fields, facilitating mutual contact and encouraging the discussion of cross-cultural aspects in bioethics. 

International Association of Catholic Bioethicists

The International Association of Catholic Bioethics (IACB) is a community of bioethicists and others working in related fields to foster collaboration and promote ethics in health care and research that is informed by Catholic theological and philosophical foundations. 

National Catholic Bioethics Center

The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), established in 1972, conducts research, consultation, publishing, and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church.  Membership has been created to advance the inculcation of these religious values in its members and primarily to serve those who share these tenets.

By becoming a member you will receive and be granted electronic access to NCBC serial publications and other benefits such as discounts on our books and educational programs. The NCBC has established several membership categories with benefits scaled to serve the needs of both individuals and institutions.

Pope John Paul II Bioethics Commission 

The mission of the John Paul II Bioethics Commission is to provide information and assist the public in the principal problems of law and biomedicine pertaining to the promotion of life, especially in the direct relationship they have with Christian morality and the directives of the church's Magisterium. 

Society of Christian Ethics

The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly work in Christian ethics and in the relation of Christian ethics to other traditions of ethics, and to social, economic, political and cultural problems; to encourage and improve the teaching of these fields in colleges, universities and theological schools; and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally within these general fields.

University Faculty for Life

University Faculty for Life was founded in 1989 to promote research, dialogue and publication by faculty who respect the value of human life from inception to natural death. Abortion, infanticide and euthanasia are highly controversial topics, but we believe they should not be resolved by the shouting, newsbites and slogans that have dominated popular presentations. Because we believe the evidence is on our side, we would like to assure a hearing for our views in the academic community. 


Conference Title When Link 
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities October 
Anscombe Bioethics Centre  Occasionally
Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies  May/June
Catholic Medical Association September/October 
Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity  June
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars  September
Franciscan University of Steubenville Occasionally
International Association of Bioethics Every two years 
International Association of Catholic Bioethicists June/July
John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family  Occasionally 
Society of Christian Ethics  January
University Faculty for Life  June 
University of Notre Dame Medical Ethics Conference March or