March 13, 2014
Dr. Jack Lane, former president of the Catholic Medical Association, spoke about the evolution of the modern understanding of freedom of conscience, specifically as it relates to the medical field. As society’s operative anthropology has changed from Imago Dei (in the image of God) to Imago Ego (in the image of the self), medical ethics has become less grounded in unchanging laws of nature and increasingly based upon principles of moral relativism and radical autonomy. Catholic practitioners are currently struggling to resolve the tension between their own principles, such as respect for all human life, with principles that allow for the destruction of weak and defenseless human life. –Ephrem Shaffer
Dr. John I. Lane has degrees from University of Scranton, P.A. and Jefferson Medical College and spent four years in the United States Navy. He has been on staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN since 1999, serving as Professor of Radiology. Dr. Lane is well-published, with 65 articles to his name in addition to his “Atlas of Temporal Bone Imaging”. He served as President of the National Catholic Medical Association and as a member of the Mayo Clinic Ethics Council. He is the proud father of four.