End-of-Life Moral-Medical Issues


Father Charles Vavonese, M.Div., M.Ed., C. A. S.
Program Director and Co-Founder

About this Video

One hundred years ago, most people died of infectious diseases such as pneumonia; today, due to advances in medical technology, most people die of chronic diseases. While medical technology has extended our lives, it has also presented us with several moral and medical dilemmas. Using the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care in the United States, published by the United States Catholic Conference, this series will guide readers through these dilemmas.


Key Concepts

  • A Moral Framework Health Care Decisions
  • Treatments that are Obligatory and Those that are Not Burdensome Treatments
  • Administration of Pain Medication
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • The Sacrament of the Sick
  • End-of-Life Documents
  • Palliative Care
  • Community Based Primary Palliative Care

Resource Links

End-of-Life Resource Articles

There are several one-page articles that deal very succinctly with End-of-Life Moral-Medical Issues and Palliative Care. These articles were written by Doctor Paul Fiacco and Father Charles Vavonese and published in the Diocesan Newspaper of the Diocese of Syracuse, The Catholic Sun. You are encouraged to download these articles and share them with the people that you visit.   The articles are available for download below: