St. Thomas More Society Talk - Dr. Charles Camosy
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"Losing Our Dignity: How Secularized Medicine is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality"
The sources for grounding human dignity as the basis of fundamental human equality are few and far between. Since secularized medicine abandoned this grounding, a clear story of different human populations losing their dignity and equality emerges: from PVS to prenatal children. The new shoe to drop, argues Professor Camosy, is people with later-stage dementia. Camosy calls the Church to dialogue with the culture as one aspect of an "all hands on deck" urgent warning about the need to defend and support this population in ways which demonstrate our fundamental commitment to seeing the holy image of God in all human beings.
Charlie Camosy grew up in the cornfields of Wisconsin, but he is now an Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University in the Bronx, where he has taught since finishing his PhD in theology at Notre Dame in 2008. Among other places, his published articles have appeared in the American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Journal of the Catholic Health Association, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News and America magazine. He has a monthly “Purple Catholicism” column with Religion News Service and is the author of five books. Too Expensive to Treat? (Eerdmans) was a 2011 award-winner with the Catholic Media Association, Peter Singer and Christian Ethics (Cambridge) was named a 2012 “best book” with ABC Religion and Ethics, and For Love of Animals (Franciscan) was featured in the New York Times. Beyond the Abortion Wars (Eerdmans), was a 2015 award-winne alsor with the Catholic Media Association. His most recent book, Resisting Throwaway Culture (New City), was published in May of 2019 and won first place from the Catholic Publishers Association as “Resource of the Year.” His next book, out in July 2021 (New City) is titled: Losing Our Dignity: How Secularized Medicine is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality. In addition to advising the Faith Outreach office of the Humane Society of the United States, the pro-life commission of the Archdiocese of New York, and the American Solidarity Party, Camosy received the Robert Bryne award from the Fordham Respect Life Club and received the 2018 St. Jerome Award for scholarly excellence from the Catholic Library Association. He has four children, three of whom he and his wife Paulyn adopted from a Filipino orphanage in June of 2016.