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School of Theology and Ministry

Andrea Vicini, S.J.

associate professor of moral theology

Andrea Vicini, S.J.

Contact Information

andrea.vicini@bc.edu | (617) 552-3572
9 Lake Street, Room 302A


Education

M.D., S.T.L., S.T.D., Ph.D. (Boston College)


Research Interests

Fundamental moral theology, theological bioethics, biotechnologies, reproductive technologies, end of life issues, medical ethics, genetics, and environmental issues


About

Andrea Vicini is an alumnus of Boston College (S.T.L. and Ph.D.) and also holds a M.D. from the University of Bologna and a S.T.D. from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of Southern Italy in Naples. Before arriving at the STM, Andrea was Gasson Professor at BC (2009-2010) and has taught in Italy, Albania, Mexico, Chad, and France. He is a lecturer and member of associations of moral theologians and bioethicists (in Italy, Europe, and the USA).


Courses

Fall 2014
Fundamental Moral Theology (TMCE 8002)

Spring 2015
Global Health and Theological Ethics (TMCE 8518)

Other Courses
Human Genetics and Biotechnologies: Challenges for Theological Ethics (TM 822)
Human Sexuality (TM 517)
Theological Bioethics - From the Basics to the Future (TM 813)
Catholic Healthcare: History, Contexts, Values, and Principles (TM 824)


Recent Publications

Books
Genetica umana e bene comune (Human Genetics and the Common Good), (Cinisello Balsamo: San Paolo, 2008).

Translation: Genética humana e bem comum (São Paolo: Loyola - São Camilo, 2011).

Podcasts
“The Ethics of the BRAIN Initiative (August 2013),”http://americamagazine.org/media/podcasts/ethics-brain-initiative

Journal articles
“El servicio a la vida humana: el caso de la eutanasia (At the Service of Human Life: The Case of Euthanasia),” in Buenaval 2 (2006) 86-102.

“Ética relacional y aborto (Relational Ethics and Abortion),” in Acequias 9/38 (2006) 41-50.

“Spunti di riflessione teologico-morale: Partire dalla realtà per tendere verso il bene comune (Insights and Reflections in Moral Theology: To Start from Reality to Go toward the Common Good),” in Rassegna di Teologia 48/2 (2007) 271-274.

“Biopotere (Biopower),” in Aggiornamenti sociali 61/1 (2010) 61-64.

“Per una fine che sia inizio: discernere e decidere alla fine della vita umana (For an End that Could Be a Beginning: To Discern and to Decide at the End of Human Life),” in Rassegna di Teologia 51/1 (2010) 109-127.

“Into the Crisis: To Stand… in Silence,” in Mysterion<www.mysterion.it>3/1 (2010) 32-38.

The Search for a Universal Ethic: The International Theological Commission’s 2009 Document on Natural Law,” in Concilium: Human Nature and Natural Law, L. Sowle Cahill - H. Haker - E. Messi Metogo, eds., 3 (2010) 111-117.

“La riforma sanitaria negli Stati Uniti (The Health Care Reform in the USA),” in La Civiltà Cattolica II/3839 (2010) 466-478.

“Rendere conto della storia e delle voci mancanti (The Account of History and Missing Voices),” in Rivista di Teologia Morale 42/168(4) (2010) 581-584.

“L’etica teologica cattolica oggi: il convegno di Trento (Catholic Theological Ethics Today: The Congress in Trent),” in Rassegna di Teologia 52/1 (2011) 119-129.

“Oncofertility and the Boundaries of Moral Reflection” (with P. Lauritzen), in Theological Studies 72/1 (2011) 116-130.

“Allocazione delle risorse sanitarie. Come promuovere la giustizia e il bene comune? (The Allocation of Health Care Resources: How Can We Promote Justice and the Common Good?),” in Rivista di Teologia Morale 43/169(1) (2011) 69-78.

“O Futuro da Bioética (The Future of Bioethics)” (with J.F. Keenan), in Bioethikos 5/1 (2011) 10-20.

“Per una lettura teologico-morale nella malattia: fragilità e vulnerabilità (A Theological Reflection on Illness: Fragility and Vulnerability),” in Rivista di Teologia Morale 43/170(2) (2011) 231-240.

“Etica teologica, pratica medica e sanità: per una maggiore e migliore giustizia (Theological Ethics, Medical Practice, and Healthcare: To Promote a Greater and Better Justice),” in Studia Moralia 49/2 (2011) 439-463.

“Bioethics: Basic Questions and Extraordinary Developments,” in Theological Studies 73/1 (2012) 169-187.

“Ethical Challenges of Human Genetics Today: From the Lab, through the Clinic, to the Pews,” in Studia Moralia 50/1 (2012) 145-174.

“Imaging in Severe Disorders of Consciousness: Rethinking Consciousness, Identity and Care in a Relational Key,” in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 32/1 (2012) 169-191.

“La loi morale naturelle : Perspectives internationales pour la réflexion bioéthique contemporaine (The Moral Natural Law: International Perspectives for Today’s Bioethical Reflection),” in Revue de l’Institut Catholique de Paris - Transversalités 122 (2012) 125-151.

“New Insights in Environmental and Sustainable Ethics,” in Asian Horizons: Dharmaram Journal of Theology 6/2 (2012) 309-328.

“Le cas de la grippe aviaire H5N1 : La recherche en biologie entre questions, pauses et limites (The Case of the H5N1 Avian Flu: The Research in Biology between Questions, Pauses, and Limits),” in Études 417/4 (2012) 317-327.

“Mapeamento do cérebro: Uma questão ética? (Mapping the Brain: An Ethical Issue?),” Bioethikos 7, no. 4 (2013): 426-430.

“Nuove frontiere della procreazione umana: prospettive etiche (New Frontiers of Human Procreation: Ethical Perspectives),” L’Arco di Giano 78, no. 4 (2013): 35-46.

“Le neuroscienze e la bioetica (Neurosciences andBioethics),” La Civiltà Cattolica II, no. 3932 (2014): 143-158.

Book chapters
“Human genetic research today and tomorrow: Reflecting on ethical and scientific challenges,” in Genetics, Theology, Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Conversation, L. Sowle Cahill, ed., (New York: Crossroad, 2005) 164-170.

“Crescita ed educazione: Chi siamo e chi diveniamo (Growth and Education: Who We Are and Who We Become),” La cura delle donne, R. Bonito Oliva, ed., Melusine 40, (Roma: Meltemi, 2006) 93-100.

“Diritto di morire: prospettive di riflessione in ambitocattolico (Right to Die: Perspectives to Reflect for Roman Catholics),” in Diritto e diritti di fronte alla morte: dall’eutanasia al diritto di morire (Atti del Seminario di Studi, Napoli, 15 dicembre 2003), M. Corleto, ed., The European Law Students’ Association, (Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2006) 81-89.

 “Cura–cure: Parte etica (To Care–To Cure: Ethics),” in Enciclopedia di Bioetica e Scienza Giuridica. Vol. 3: Cadavere – Cyborg (Encyclopedia of Bioethics and Juridical Sciences. Vol. 3: Corpse–Cyborg), E. Sgreccia - A. Tarantino, eds., (Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2010) 741-750.

“Dignità umana: Parte etica (Cattolicesimo) [Human Dignity: Ethics (Catholicism)],” in Enciclopedia di bioetica e scienza giuridica. Vol. 4: Danno alla salute – Duplice effetto  (Encyclopedia of Bioethics and Juridical Sciences. Vol. 4: Harm to Health – Double Effect), E. Sgreccia - A. Tarantino, eds., (Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2011) 287-292.

“Living with Indigenous Communities in Chiapas, Mexico: The Transformative Power of Poverty and Suffering,” in Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics, C. Scharen - A.M. Vigen, eds., (London - New York: Continuum, 2011) 161-183.