The Anscombe Bioethics Centre is an independent charity founded in 1977 (and originally known as the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics). It is not affiliated to any higher educational institution. It seeks to contribute to and collaborate with the academy through its publications and conferences, and through co-sponsoring events such as the annual Anscombe Memorial Lecture co-sponsored with Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. However, the Centre is not itself under the aegis, control, or sanction of the University of Oxford, or of any of its institutions, or of any other university. The academic activities of the Centre are overseen by the governors who take counsel from an independent academic advisory panel. The Centre is a Catholic organisation though it is not an agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The current director of the Centre is a research fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford and a visiting professor at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.
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The director meets Pope Benedict XVI