Bioethics documents from CEC's constituency

The following are contributions from CEC member churches, associated organisations, theologians etc, on Bioethics and Biotechnology. We make these documents available with the hope of encouraging other contributions thus allowing everyone to benefit from ideas, reflections and positions within the CEC constituency.

Church of Greece
Mitochondrial and Golgi Apparatus’ Alterations in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Study of the Cerebellar Cortex Based on Silver Impregnation Technique and Electron Microscopy

Prof Stavros J. Baloyannis
Professor of Neurology, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki Medical Faculty

United Protestant Church of France
Declaration on the end of life
- Communiqué

Human Enhancement - Bishop of Krusevac's Diocese

On the Human Body in Igor Kišš’s Humanized Deontology
Article from Prof Vasil Gluchman , published in Christian Bioethics 18

Lois de bioéthique - La Féderation protestante de France attentive au débat

Aging - Central Bohemia Region
An analysis of questions concerning aging in the Central Bohemian region.

British religious leaders critical of vote to allow embryo research
An ENI News Article

Bioethics, Religions and the European Institutions
Christian Byk - Introduction: Religion, Bioethics and the European Debate

Pastoral Health Care of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Concluding thoughts from the 1st International Conference for Pastoral Health Care of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Economia in the Orthodox tradition
In the Eastern Orthodox tradition and in the teaching of the Church Fathers which undergirds the theology of those Churches, economy or oeconomy (Greek economia ) has several meanings

Ethische Überlegungen zur Forschung mit menschlichen Embryonalen Stammzellen
Wenn es um den Umgang mit menschlichen Embryonen und um die Forschung mit den daraus hergestellten menschlichen Embryonalen Stammzellen geht, dann werden grundlegende Fragen christlicher, gesellschaftlicher und staatlicher Verantwortung berührt.

Ethics, Science and Technology
A contribution by Prof. Ulrich Körtner, Institute for Systematic Theology in Vienna
Member of the Church and Society Commission and the Network on Bioethics of CEC

Ethische Überlegungen zur genetischen Diagnostik
vorgelegt von der Arbeitsgruppe, „Ethische Fragen der Gentechnik“
der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen

Gentechnik Argumentationshilfe
Beschluss der zweiten (ordentlichen) Tagung der 15. Landessynode der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen vom 31. Oktober bis zum 3. November 2005 in Bielefeld

Ist das Leben heilig?
Karsten Lehmkühler, Intergruppe Bioethik des EU-Parlaments, Strasbourg, 18. Januar 2007.

Mission d'évaluation de la loi no. 2005-370 du 22 avril 2005 relative aux droits des malades et à la fin de vie Monsieur Jean Léonetti, Rapporteur, Assemblée Nationale

Application of Genetic Tests in Clinical Practice - Ethical and social aspects
Genetic tests have expanded the possibilities of diagnostics dramatically. It is to be expected that their relevance will further increase in the future...

Theologic-ethical and philosophic-ethical arguments for limited stem cell research
The Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Churches and some Protestant Conservative Churches are strictly critical against the research with human embryos...

"Menschliches Leben ist nicht patentierbar"
Kirchen lehnen Patentierung embyronaler Stammzellen ab...

Ethische Aspekte der Nanotechnologie
Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen, Eine Stellungnahme der Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Umweltbeauftragten in der EKD (AGU)

Ethische Überlegungen zum Umgang mit der Präimplantationsdiagnostik
Aufgrund eines Beschlusses der Landessynode der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen (EKvW) setzte die Kirchenleitung der EKvW im Jahr 2001 die Arbeitsgruppe „Ethische Fragen der Gentechnik“ ein. Dieses Gremium besteht aus Angehörigen verschiedener Berufsgruppen und Fachrichtungen...

Plants for the Future
Plants have a unique role for the existence of all heterotrophic organisms including human population. For sustainable development it is indispensable to stop the loss of biodiversity connected with climate changes and anthropogenic activities.

Am Ende lieber besser als länger leben – europäische Familienverbände zur Palliativmedizin
Die Föderation der katholischen Familienverbände in Europa (FAFCE) begrüßt den Entschließungsantrag „Palliative Care“, den der Europarat am 28. Januar 2009 in Straßburg behandelt.

At the end it is preferable to live a better than a longer life – the European Family Associations’ comments on palliative medicine
The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) welcomes the resolution application “Palliative Care”, which the Council of Europe will discuss on January 28th, 2009 in Strasbourg.

Theosis in the Orthodox tradition
Theosis (lit. "ingodded," "becoming god," deification) in the Eastern Orthodox tradition is a vision of human potential for perfection, anticipated in ancient Greece, witnessed to in both the Old and New Testaments, and developed by Patristic Christian theologians of the first five centuries after Christ...

Life Before Birth
A Lecture given to the Anglican and English speaking community by Richard Fischer, Executive Secretary, Church & Society Commission of CEC.

Report from the All-Ukrainian Council for patients rights and safety, the Association of medical workers and the All-Ukrainian Association of palliative care on NGOs in Palliative care development in the Ukraine.
Studying of the situation with the palliative care development in Ukraine
Ethics and Science Archives