Cardinal Elio Sgreccia

Pioneer of Personalist Ontologically Founded Bioethics

President of the "Ut Vitam Habeant" Foundation.

President of “Donum Vitae” Association.

President Emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Founder of STES Ecoetica Association.



(Presented by Emanuela Midolo)




Bioethics since its appearance has been characterized in particular by the imperative of environmental ethics. In this contribution, we will analyze the principal ethics theories, since anthropocentric theories. We will put in evidence that the prospective of the real environment care and protection is founded on Ontologically Personalist Bioethics. The safeguard of the relationship between humans and ecosystems is founded in the Ontologically Personalist Bioethics prospective, in which bios, logos, pathos end ethos are totally harmonized.


Elio Sgreccia is Cardinal of Sacred Roman Church. He is Pioneer of Personalist Ontologically Founded Bioethics. Since 1985 he was Director of Bioethics Center and since 1992 Director of the Institute of Bioethics at the same Università Cattolica of Sacred Heart in Rome. He was the editor and deputy editor of the journal Medicina e Morale and he is author of Handbook of Bioethics, translated into several languages. He is author, co-author and curator of numerous volumes on bioethics, medical ethics, health pastoral care, the family and Bioethics and Environmental Care. He was Director of the Center for International Cooperation at the same University. He was President of the International Federation of Centers and Institutes of Bioethics of Personal Inspiration. He is President of the "Ut Vitam Habeant" Foundation and President of the "Donum Vitae" Association. He is President Emeritus of Pontifical Academy for Life and Founder of STES Ecoetica Association. 

Emanuela Midolo is Adjunct Professor in Bioethics, Human Rights and History of Medicine at the IBioMedH of the Università Cattolica of Sacred Heart in Rome. She is also an Attorney at Law specialized in Human Rights. She was Visitor Research at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics of the Georgetown University (DC). In 2011 she started two collaborations, one with the Italian Minister for Environment and the second one with the National Bioethics Committee. During her PhD she taken part of several Research expeditions, she attended to many International/European Congress. She received by European Commission a Seal of Excellence for a Project submitted in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. She is member of several Organizations, as Italian Group of Clinical Bioethics and Ethics Consultation in Healthcare setting; Italian Society for Organ Transplantation; Donum Vitae; STES Ecoetica, Alliance Defending Freedom. She is author of several scientific publications, encyclopedia chapters, Institutional Book, Monograph etc.