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Vatican newspaper urges reconsideration of "brain death"

CWN - September 03, 2008

A signed front-page article in L'Osservatore Romano has called for a fresh debate on the medical criteria for "brain death." The article is noteworthy for several reasons:

For a strong critique of the "brain death" diagnosis, expressed from the perspective of Catholic social teaching, see the two articles from Catholic World Report, linked below.

The article in L'Osservatore Romano recommends a new debate on the acceptance of "brain death" diagnoses. It is ironic that some health-care professionals, who claim to uphold scientific standards in medicine, wish to squelch that scientific debate.

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