The Experience of Assisted Suicide in The Netherlands and in the State of Oregon in USA: What can we learn?
Issue 9, April 2003
On April 9, 2003, the New Zealand Parliament was due to debate Peter Brown's Private Member's Bill entitled "Death with Dignity." The bill's stated purpose is: to "allow persons who are terminally and/or incurably ill the opportunity of requesting assistance from a medically qualified person to end their lives in a humane and dignified way and to provide for that to occur after medical confirmation, a psychiatric assessment, counselling, and personal reflection."
Editorial : Faith and Reason - Reflections on a debate...
Issue 10, August 2003
In July 2003 the New Zealand Parliament voted 60 to 57 against a Private Member's Bill, "The Death with Dignity Bill" that sought to legalise euthanasia, or more correctly, physician-assisted suicide. The seemingly close vote contained a number of Parliamentary members who, while against the Bill, wished it to go to a Select committee to allow further public debate.
International Colloquium: Globalization and the Culture of Life : Care of the Frail Elderly and the Dying
Issue 10, August 2003
July 29-August 3, 2003
Recently Father Michael McCabe, Director of The Nathaniel Centre attended the inaugural Colloquium for Catholic Bioethicists in Toronto, Canada. The Colloquium was organised by the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Centre and sponsored by the Knights of Malta. Bioethicists and moral theologians from over 20 countries considered the care of the frail elderly and the dying from the perspective of globalization.
Gospel Perspectives for an Embodied Spirituality of Care
Ann-Marie Harvey rsm
Issue 11, November 2003
"Why do we need God for ethics, for the work of humanisation? Do not unbelievers do some things better?" 
This address investigates issues of spirituality that arise in aged care and it invites participants at this conference to examine ways whereby people in the third age not only grow in prayerfulness, but also in resistance to social marginalisation and diminishment.  Just as ethics is the link between the mystical and the prophetic life of Christians, so an embodied spirituality of care offers a humanising link between an ethics of care and an ethics of justice. Three perspectives of God's word at work in the world are discussed: fullness of life in a wounded world, a gospel reflection on "The Woman with the Ointment", and a critique of ideology.