MPhil student ordained to the diaconate
On Monday, 7 November, Cardinal Willem Eijk delivered the seventh Anscombe Memorial Lecture, and spoke on the topic, 'Is Medicine Losing its Way? A firm foundation for medicine as a real therapeia'. In his lecture, Cardinal Eijk discussed various non-therapeutic medical practices, such as sexual reassignment surgery, gene doping, and assisted dying, suggesting that the rise of this divergence from medicine's original therapeutic aim is rooted in a mind-body dualistic view of the human person. Eijk proposed that the classical Christian conception of the human person as an essential unity of soul and body is the antidote to a dualism that views the body as being merely of instrumental use to the mind's preferences.
The Anscombe Memorial Lectures are co-sponsored by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and Blackfriars Hall, with the support of a generous benefactor. For a video recording of Cardinal Eijk's lecture, please visit http://www.bioethics.org.uk/detail/news_and_events/anscombe_memorial_lectures.