Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saint Peter's University Hospital "Advance Directive for Health Care" is misleading and out of date

In recent years, the Church has provided tremendously needed clarification about end of life care (cf., St John Paul II, 3/20/04, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2007USCCB, 2009), which is not properly evident in Saint Peter's University Hospital "Advance Directive for Health Care."  While that document may include a 1998 "Advance Directive for Health Care: A Catholic Perspective" approved by NJ's Catholic Bishops, it also includes a clearly inappropriate 1995 "Advance Directive for Health Care" from the Medical Society of New Jersey.  This could easily create the impression that Catholic medical ethics are merely a set of sectarian idiosyncrasies.

Yesterday, copies of Saint Peter's University Hospital "Advance Directive for Health Care" were being distributed at a street fair in Trenton.

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I am an enormously blessed husband and dad. In regard to my Catholic theological background, I have a certificate in social ministry & a master's degree (moral theology concentration), as well as a catechetical diploma from the Vatican's Sacred Congregation for the Clergy (Nope, I am not now - nor have I have ever been - a seminarian, deacon, or priest.). I feel particularly proud to have a mandatum. I also have a doctorate in Christian counseling psychology.

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