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Sundays at CTU


STARTS: Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM
ENDS: Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

5416 S. Cornell Ave. (see map)

Lecture: "Caring for Those at the End of Life: Is Technology a Friend or Foe?" 

Presented by Rev. Thomas Nairn, O.F.M., Ph.D.

About the lecture: In the United States, high technology rescue medicine has often been used to extend the lives of those who are dying. Some medical ethicists suggest that such dependence on technology has indeed saved lives but has also "disfigured dying." This lecture will look at the phenomenon of dying in the United States today and ask if the Catholic moral tradition has anything to say regarding care for those at the end of life in our highly technologized society.

4 p.m. Eucharist followed by reception.


About the presenter: Rev. Thomas A. Nairn, O.F.M., Ph.D., is senior director of ethics for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). He is a Franciscan priest. Before coming to CHA, he was the Erica and Harry John Family Professor of Catholic Ethics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and Director of its Health Care Mission Leadership Program. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School and has taught in several schools the U.S. and also in Melbourne, Australia; Harare, Zimbabwe, and Singapore. He has also been a board member of the Center of Compassionate Care of the Illinois Catholic Health Association and of the journal Human Development. He served as an ethical consultant for the CMSM/LCWR Task Force on Health Care for Religious. He has published many articles on heath care ethics and has recently edited two volumes on Cardinal Bernardin’s consistent ethic of life.