Diocese of Macau to launch medical ethics course

Marco Carvalho

The Diocesan Commission for Catechetical Formation of Macau will promote, starting from September 11, an in-depth course in medical ethics. The series of lessons, which will run until January 15, 2024, comprises a total of twelve sessions and will address topics such as natural birth, abortion, euthanasia, artificial insemination and genetic engineering.

The course targets both health professionals and the general public. To enroll, candidates are required to have completed the Fundamental Ethics program taught by the Commission or other certified institutions.

Over the course of twelve weeks, experts invited by the Diocese of Macau will focus on issues such as the doctor-patient relationship, conscientious objection in health care, family-centered ethical decisions, as well as the correlation between medical ethics and the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

The Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral society.  The Diocesan Commission for Catechetical Formation claims that ethical standards, when adopted in full accordance with the doctrine and the teachings of the Catholic Church, “guide people,” so that they can follow a path that leads to beatitude and bliss.

The course, the organization highlights, will help participants to better understand the logical structure on which the ethical standards and norms upheld by the Catholic Church are based.

Catholic medical ethics is seen as the set of values, moral principles and relevant practices by which professionals in the health sector should guide their actions, always having in mind the fundamental principle that human life is sacred and inviolable.

Taught in Cantonese, the Medical Ethics course has a tuition fee of 1500 patacas, but the Diocese of Macau will refund one third of the original amount to the enrolled students that manage to attend all the twelve classes.

Among the experts that have been invited by the Diocesan Commission for Catechetical Formation to be the lecturers for the course are Daniel Wong and Michael Poon Chi Ming. Wong heads the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hong Kong’s Eastern Hospital and is currently the chairperson of the Diocesan Committee for Bioethics in the neighboring Special Administrative Region. Also a member of the Committee, Michael Poon Chi Ming is a teacher of theology at Hong Kong’s Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy.