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Theology Professor Wins Catholic Press Award


Charles Camosy, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology, has won second place in the category “Social Concerns” in the Catholic Press Association’s annual publishing awards for his book, Too Expensive To Treat? Finitude, Tragedy and the Neonatal ICU (Eerdmans, 2010).

The Catholic Press Association listed its annual awards in the June issue of The Catholic Journalist, recognizing individuals and publication teams for outstanding work in Catholic publishing. The awards went to recently-published books in 23 different categories and also to magazines, newsletters, newspapers and Spanish language publications.

Camosy’s book, which focuses on neonatal intensive care unit practices in the United States and the larger issue of heath care rationing, outlines a case for equal proportioning of community health care resources among all people. A scholar of Christian ethics, Camosy has published articles in the Journal of the Catholic Health Association, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and the American Journal of Bioethics.

“This is a clear, honest look at a heartbreaking issue,” notes the Press Association’s citation. “The research is thorough, the analysis is excellent, and the conclusions are courageous and challenging. This work provides a possible framework for use with other issues of bioethics and life.”

Camosy is currently at work on a book about how the diametrically opposed philosophies of Princeton’s Decamp Professor of Bioethics, Dr. Peter Singer, and today’s traditional Christian ethicists can find common ground on many contemporary polarizing issues.

In addition, Camosy is one of the organizers of the Catholic Conversation Project, a coalition of young academic theologians under 40 addressing contemporary Catholic issues through new dialogs and perspectives. The project was featured in the July 2 issue of The Tablet, the International Catholic Weekly.

—Janet Sassi


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