Title

Theravada Buddhism and Roman Catholicism on the Moral Permissibility of Palliative Sedation: A Blurred Demarcation Line

DOI

10.1007/s10943-021-01464-7

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-1-2022

Publication Title

Journal of Religion and Health

Volume

61

Issue

2

First Page

1405

Last Page

1417

ISSN

224197

Keywords

Ahiṃsā, Buddhist bioethics, Catholic bioethics, Palliative sedation, Principle of double effect

Abstract

Although Theravada Buddhism and Roman Catholicism agree on the moral justification for palliative sedation, they differ on the premises underlying the justification. While Catholicism justifies palliative sedation on the ground of the Principle of Double Effect, Buddhism does so on the basis of the Third Noble Truth. Despite their theological differences, Buddhism and Catholicism both value the moral significance of the physician’s intent to reduce suffering and both respect the sanctity of life. This blurs the demarcation line between Buddhism and Catholicism regarding the moral justification of palliative sedation.

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