About Us

Today our society faces unprecedented scientific developments that penetrate the very mysteries of life. These pose serious ethical challenges to human culture. The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) was established in 1972 to reflect on these developments as well as promote and safeguard the dignity of the human person in health care and the life sciences. The Center is unique among bioethics organizations in that its message derives from the official teaching of the Catholic Church which draws from a moral tradition that acknowledges the unity of faith and reason while building on the solid foundation of natural law.

The Center's staff consults regularly on life science issues and medical issues with the Vatican, the U.S. bishops, public policy-makers, hospitals, and international organizations of all faiths. Vatican agencies which regularly consult with the Center include the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Pontifical Academy for Life, and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers.

The Center works to achieve its mission of defending the dignity of the human person through educational programs, publishing, consultation, and research. The Center publishes two periodicals, Ethics & Medics and The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, as well as a variety of books on various topics in bioethics. The NCBC educational programs include: The National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics, one and two-day seminars, as well as other events. The NCBC ethicists travel frequently to speak at convocations of clergy, pro-life events, gatherings of professional associations, and other conferences upon request.

Those interested in having one of the ethicists of The National Catholic Bioethics Center speak for a local event should contact the NCBC at 215-877-2660.