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COVER STORY Fixing Australia: Can we trust the Morrison Government?

ENERGY Yallourn early closure more than a mere challenge, Mr Premier

CANBERRA OBSERVED Can Labor learn a lesson or is it unredeemable?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS High power prices lead to more deaths of elderly

GENDER POLITICS Catholic Ed's document strong on doctrine, weak on protocols

ENERGY Renewables do push up power price: Chicago economists

OBITUARY The eminence of Dr Joe Santamaria

HISTORY OF SCIENCE Faith and reason and Father Stanley Jaki, Part 6: Medieval Christendom sparks a revolution

ENVIRONMENT As many Pacific islands are rising as are sinking

ASIAN AFFAIRS Uyghurs lose in ethnic power play

POETRY AND HISTORY The epic of the White Horse

HUMOUR On patrol with Father Bruce

MUSIC Joao Gilberto: Carrier of melodies

CINEMA Crawl: Toothful entertainment

BOOK REVIEW America's postwar boom and its end

BOOK REVIEW The story of the drafting of a great document

BOOK REVIEW The facts behind an undying distortion

LETTERS

POETRY

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ABOUT BIOETHICS:
Vol. 4: Motherhood, Embodied Love and Culture

Nicholas Tonti-Filippini

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(Ballarat: Connor Court Publishing, 2013)
Paperback: 480 pages
ISBN: 9781922168603
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Book description

The contemporary culture includes technicism, evidenced by the takeover of healthy women’s bodies by technology, including the Pill, emergency contraception, abortion, reproductive technology, invasive prenatal testing and the mantra of choice that inevitably devalues women and their bodies and tends to perceive motherhood as a restriction on freedom. 

How should a young man behave when he finds his partner is pregnant? What does Australia’s new National Curriculum on sex education say to him? In this book the author explores both the technological options and the unique love that exists between a man and a woman. Questions such as pornography, homophobia, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, masturbation and sexual abuse by clergy are dealt with frankly by someone who has lived through the cultural developments and who holds that human love imitates divine love so that neither seeks to dominate nor to possess the other. 

Love is the opposite of mere use. In an authentic relationship, the gift each makes is unilateral, not a bargain or exchange, even though so much of what married couples do is governed by an underlying sense of balance or fairness. Love precedes justice, but is never unjust. Gender difference enriches marriage with unpredictability, joy and humour, but also creates the opportunity to be a complementary gift to the other in which the union is so much more than the individuals who choose to create it. 

As a philosopher and a respected bioethicist, the author explains the contemporary excitement over the Theology of the Body, new claims about Scripture, and the challenges of contemporary culture and science for women and men who wish to love responsibly and well.

 

About the author

The late Associate Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini (1956-2014), BA (Hons), MA (Monash), PhD (Melb), FHERDSA, KCSG, was associate dean and head of bioethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne. The Institute is associated with the John Paul II Institute in Rome and the Lateran University. It is registered as a higher education provider in Australia to provide graduate courses in bioethics, theology of marriage and family, and religious education. Dr Tonti-Filippini was a philosopher who specialised in bioethics for the more than 30 years, including having been Australia’s first hospital ethicist and director of bioethics at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, 1982-1990. He was well-known internationally and published widely in bioethics. A few years before his death he chaired an Australian government public enquiry to produce recommendations for trade in human tissue and tissue products.

 

Endorsements

“These excellent volumes bring together a life-time of intellectually rigorous and faithfully Catholic work in bioethics. As Australia’s pre-eminent Christian scholar in the area, Tonti-Filippini has for a generation been one of the most outspoken and sane voices in public debates over abortion, genetic testing, the new reproductive technologies and end-of-life decisions. A ‘must read’ for any health professional, ethics student or educated layman interested in exploring these questions and emerging from the labyrinth wiser and more compassionate.” — The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, appointed in 2014 as Catholic Archbishop of Sydney. 

“At St Vincent’s Hospital, we discovered Nick by chance; a strange name at the end of a letter to a newspaper. A person to enter the rough and tumble of the new science of bioethics at the beginning of the 1980s. A formidable philosopher, an articulate debater, an outstanding administrator, a courageous defender of his religious beliefs, courteous to friends and foes alike and deeply committed to his family and to the many institutions for which he worked. His autobiography tells the tale of his accomplishments and his book on bioethics reveals the depth of his knowledge and experience. This is a publication for all seasons.” — Dr Joseph N. Santamaria, former director of community medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, Fitzroy, Melbourne. 

“So often our minds are preoccupied with incidental issues, thus leaving life’s most significant matters unaddressed. Yet making the time to consider the topics which speak to the heart of our humanity has rarely been so well-rewarded. In this book, Tonti-Filippini presents his arguments in a personal and intellectual manner — a rare combination that will encourage you to question your own views with equal rigour and candour.” — The Hon. Christine Campbell, Labor member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the state electorate of Pascoe Vale (1996–).

About Bioethics Volume IV is a book that places all the ‘cards on the table’ regarding the demise of motherhood and thus fatherhood within society. It also provides us with excellent information on how we as women can and must bring about change in today’s world, especially in the area of sexuality. Contraception and abortion demean women. While I intend to use this book Motherhood, Embodied Love and Culture as a reference book, I believe that it should be used to provide students with the truth on all issues affecting society today, especially women. This information is something that is missing in many of our schools and universities today.” — (Mrs) Madge Fahy, Cross of Honour (Papal), past president of the Catholic Women’s League Australia (CWLA) Inc.


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