Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"How Medicine is Destroying Pastoral Care"

The St. Ambrose Society is an unstoppable force. In only a few months of operation this St. Vladimir's student group has made important strides in the pro-life discussion not only inside Orthodox academia, but the larger public square as well. At the last OISM (Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement) Monk James spoke, in a heartfelt presentation, on the important work the society is doing. His cause was taken up into the hearts of many seminarians in attendance who hoped to support, and if possible, replicate the society's efforts. I pray the society's mission to change hearts continues to gain strength.

(SVOTS) - The St. Ambrose Society at St. Vladimir's Seminary is sponsoring a free and public lecture titled "On the Corpse and the Chaplain: How Medicine is Destroying Pastoral Care" with Dr. Jeffrey P. Bishop MD, PhD. The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. on the Feast of the Annunciation, Monday, March 25th in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium in the John G. Rangos Family building on the Seminary's Yonkers campus. The lecture will be followed by a light reception hosted by the Society.

An Orthodox Christian, Dr. Bishop teaches medical ethics and philosophy at Saint Louis University, where he holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Health Care Ethics and directs the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics. His scholarly work has focused on the historical, political, and philosophical conditions that underpin contemporary medical and scientific practices and theories. As an author, Dr. Bishop has published his work in medical, philosophical, and theological journals and has addressed a wide array of topics from enhancement technologies to clinical ethics consultation and medical humanities. His first book, The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, is a philosophical history of the care of the dying, and was published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

In other professional activities, Dr. Bishop also serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and Christian Bioethics, and he is an assistant editor of the "Philosophy and Medicine" series published by Springer.

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