DIGNITY OF PERSON – DIGNITY OF CONSCIENCE
Responding to ethical concerns facing Catholic healthcare professionals working in the field of HIV/AIDS treatment
– Charles Ryan
There can be no denying the enormous complexity of the phenomenon of HIV/AIDS and the corresponding complexity of theological issues surrounding it. However, this should not blind us to gospel simplicity which calls for compassionate response to the human dimensions of AIDS, dimensions of ignorance, fear, separation, loneliness, alienation, stigma, judgment, pain and yes, death. Yet, while the gospel is characterised by wonderful simplicity, a simplistic approach to the question would not be faithful to the Church’s rich tradition of harnessing all our gifts of reason in reflecting theologically on complex questions.