Bishop Fisher launches bioethics book


Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, who is bishop of Parramatta in Australia and professor in moral theology and bioethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family in Melbourne, launched an important new book on bioethics in March 2012. Entitled 'Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium', the book is published by Cambridge University Press and is widely available through online retailers. Bioethical issues are extremely topical these days, and Catholics may often feel uncertain of how to respond. Bishop Fisher makes a vital contribution by clearly explaining the Catholic understanding of the human person which provides the framework for a moral analysis of the bioethical issues current today. Specific issues are considered at length, such as abortion, the use of embryonic stem cells, and euthanasia. He also grapples with the role and responsibilities of Catholic hospitals, considers how Catholic politicians should act, and explains what the conscience is and how it is exercised and formed. Throughout, Bishop Fisher reflects on real-life examples, uses vivid illustrations to explain his position, and his tone is always compassionate, thoughtful, and non-judgmental.