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Pluralism and ethical dialogue in Christian healthcare institutions: the view of Caritas Catholica Flanders.

Authors
  • Gastmans, Chris
  • Van Neste, Fernand
  • Schotsmans, Paul
Type
Published Article
Journal
Christian bioethics
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2006
Volume
12
Issue
3
Pages
265–280
Identifiers
PMID: 17162674
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

In this article, the place and the nature of an ethical dialogue that develops within Christian healthcare institutions in Flanders, Belgium is examined. More specifically, the question is asked how Christian healthcare institutions should position themselves ethically in a context of a pluralistic society. The profile developed by Caritas Catholica Flanders must take seriously not only the external pluralistic context of our society and the internal pluralistic worldviews by personnel/employees and patients, but also the inherent inspiration of a Christian healthcare institution. This article concludes with ten general orientations that could shape the ethical dialogue from a Christian inspiration in a pluralistic context.

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