Will the "Secular Priests" of Bioethics Work Among the Sinners?

American Journal of Bioethics 3 (2):36-39 (2003)

Abstract

In this paper, I explore briefly the "secular priesthood" metaphor often applied to bioethicists. I next ask: if, despite our discomfort with the metaphor, we were to embrace the best aspects of the priesthood(s) ? which I identify as the missionaries' willingness to work among sinners and lepers, at their own peril ? would we be able to live up to that standard of bravery? I then draw a parallel with the fears of contagion currently be voiced (by Carl Elliott and others), with regard to bioethicists working in or near corporate settings. I argue that such fears may themselves have a number of deleterious effects, and I suggest several possible positive steps in response to that fear

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Chris MacDonald
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Throwing a Bone to the Watchdog.Carl Elliott - 2001 - Hastings Center Report 31 (2):9-12.
Charitable Conflicts of Interest.Chris MacDonald, Michael McDonald & Wayne Norman - 2002 - Journal of Business Ethics 39 (1-2):67 - 74.
Where Are the Heroes of Bioethics?Benjamin Freedman - 1996 - Journal of Clinical Ethics 7 (4):297.
Doing Good and Doing Well.Daniel Callahan - 2001 - Hastings Center Report 31 (2):19-21.

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