Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

ORDINARY CARE

The basic medical care that a physician is obliged to give in treating all cases that come under his or her charge. The fact that the patient is a mental defective or being treated out of charity does not justify the doctor in being hasty or slipshod. the doctor must always use the safer remedy. If there is a sure remedy available, he or she may not try uncertain ones on a patient with the danger of causing death or serious injury to health, even though the patient gave permission to do so. If there is no safer remedy available, the doctor may, in cases where death would otherwise result, employ such uncertain remedies, for then he or she is doing everything possible to save the patient.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Church Fathers: Introduction to the Greek Apologists March 1
Ad Imaginem Dei: a gem of a blog on Christian art February 28
The Complexities of Persecution February 27
Ukraine: A great lesson in thinking like a Catholic. February 27
Notre Dame has lost two contrasting giants February 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5