Anscombe Bioethics
Vatican Double Helix Staircase
Bioethics Centre

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre has commissioned a series of COVID-19 Briefing Papers with the aim of bringing a diverse range of voices on board to address ethical issues of particular interest to the Catholic community, and the wider general public, in this fast-moving area.

These papers examine the challenges we have faced and the lessons to be learnt in order to improve the ongoing response to coronavirus, and they also identify key questions for a post-pandemic future.

Other COVID-19 material including a December 2020 article on vaccines can be found on our Resources page, while a video discussion of COVID-19 vaccines can be found here. For a list of COVID-19 vaccine candidates and information on their connection or lack of connection to abortion, see the Charlotte Lozier Institute chart.


1. Resource allocation and ventilators: A statement of Catholic principles

Prof. David Albert Jones
Director, Anscombe Bioethics Centre
2. COVID-19 Vaccines and Use of Foetal Cell-lines

Dr Helen Watt
Senior Research Fellow, Anscombe Bioethics Centre
3. NICE guideline on critical care in adults: An ethical analysis

Prof. David Albert Jones
Director, Anscombe Bioethics Centre
4. Care Homes and Older Members of the Community

Dr Xavier Symons
Research Associate, University of Notre Dame Australia
Visiting Research Fellow 2020, Anscombe Bioethics Centre
5. Difficult learning: COVID-19 and adults with learning disabilities or autism

Dr Pia Matthews
Senior Lecturer in Bioethics, St Mary's University, Twickenham
Governor, Anscombe Bioethics Centre
6. An opportunity to rethink healthcare ethics: Commentary on the Pontifical Academy for Life’s Global Pandemic and Universal Brotherhood (2020)

Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP
Archbishop of Sydney
Anscombe Memorial Lecturer 2012
7. The Ethics of Pandemic Lockdowns

Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco OP
Professor of Biology and of Theology, Providence College
Visiting Research Fellow 2014, Anscombe Bioethics Centre
8. Triage and the Ethics of Healthcare: An Irish Perspective

Consultative Group on Bioethics
Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference
9. Public Mental Health and the Ethics of COVID-19 Lockdowns

Michael Wee
Education and Research Officer, Anscombe Bioethics Centre