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John Patrick

Physician and Professor at the University of Ottawa, Director of Education and Public Policy for the Christian Medical and Dental Society, internationally-known commentator on medical ethics, organizer of the Canadian Registry of Hippocratic Practitioners for physicians who the support the Hippocratic Oath


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We must all examine our intolerances and decide whether they are bigoted or selfishly libertarian, and therefore to be decried and removed, or legitimate, and therefore to be defended. Judgment is hard, but it must be attempted if we are not to be left with a crude and debased culture. For tolerance to be properly exercised, it must be held in tension with all the other virtues.

Jun. 1996 - from "The Myth of Moral Neutrality", originally published in the Medical Sentinel
Real education is rooted in the telling and retelling of culturally formative stories which give meaning to ideas of honour, courage, justice, truth, and love. An education without these foundations is an education that is not worthy of the name.

Jun. 1996 - from "The Myth of Moral Neutrality", originally published in the Medical Sentinel
Life requires us to answer the age-old key questions, or else to spend immense psychological energy in denying their cogency and paying the price for such denial in the neuroses characteristic of our society.

Jun. 1996 - from "The Myth of Moral Neutrality", originally published in the Medical Sentinel