The Human Person: A Bioethical Word – Francis Etheredge

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Is bioethics a technical specialization or a profound expression of human being? Wonderfully answering this question, the book is beautifully enriched by eight Forewords. Beginning again and again, Etheredge searches old and new sources that help us to understand who we are: both personally and objectively – gazing into the mysterious depths of human personhood. Why are we “from” relationship, “in” relationship and “for” relationship? He then goes on to explore the specific difficulties that make it urgent that we formally recognize that the gift of human being founds our equal dignity before God and each other.

The foreword to the book is written by Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis. Seven other contributors provide valuable introductions to individual chapters: Joseph Meaney, Adriana Vasquez, Anthony Williams, Elizabeth Rex, Kathleen Sweeney, Richard Conrad, OP, and Ralph Weimann.

WCAT Interview with Bob Olson on “I Thought You’d Like To Know This” – June 5, 2017


Nary, Gordon. “Profiles in Catholicism.” (November, 2017)

Two Wings Seminar hosted on Friday, December 8, 2017, by Dr. Elizabeth Rex with Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP.

“I Thought You’d Like to Know” WCAT interview by Dr. Elizabeth Rex of Marlene and Hannah Strege. For more on Hannah’s story as the first snowflake adoption, see the program page here. January 15, 2018.

“I Thought You’d Like to Know This, Too” WCAT interview by Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis of Nick Loeb. For more on this story, see the links on the page at

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Book Announcement by the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology

A strikingly original set of essays in Catholic bioethics that emerge from a contemplative reflection upon what it means to say that the human person is a “created Word.” – Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.T.D., Professor of Biology and of Theology, Providence College

About the Author:

Francis Etheredge is married with eleven children, three of whom are in heaven. Marriage and family life are a work of graced nature: a single reality which has a history and is a vocation. Through sharing his life, Francis hopes that others will discover the God who comes to help.