Sgreccia, Elio
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Bishop Sgreccia is the vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican City Rome; the founder–director of the Centre for Bioethics in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of the Sacred Heart (Rome); Secretary of the Pointifical Council for the Family (Rome). See also: Sito Web Italiano per la Filosofia-ELIO SGRECCIA (in Italian)



The Subject in Vegetative State: For a Personalistic View

The aim of my paper is to outline the condition of the persistent vegetative state beginning with the analysis specific to philosophical anthropology and, more precisely, beginning with the concept of the human person. The underlying question, and the one to which this paper seeks to give an answer, is the following: Is the human subject who is in a persistent vegetative state a living human person or a corpse?

Date posted: 2004-04-26

AIDS and Responsible Procreation in the Light of Humanae Vitae

There are some circumstances in which the transmission of the AIDS virus is particularly dramatic, for example when innocent subjects like children, born from seropositive mothers, contract the infection 'vertically'. The AIDS virus can be transmitted from an infected mother to the child in three ways: (i) in the uterus through the transplacental passage of the virus; (ii) during childbirth because of the exposure to infected blood and vaginal secretions; (iii) after birth through breast-feeding.

Date posted: 2001-12-31