13C – Ethics and Ethical Issues

An Introduction the complex field of ethics.

As well as providing the background to Catholic Social Teaching this site works through particular ethical issues from a Catholic perspective.

The New Zealand Nathaniel Centre seeks to bring the light of the Gospel and the moral tradition of the Catholic Church to issues in bioethics.

  1. Support Resources for AS90826

    You may be assessed in your knowledge and understanding of Ethics and Ethical issues through Achievement Standard 90826.


    Remember that these are resources that fit the generic title of the standard.  You should read the actual standard 90826, the national moderator’s report, and the assessment task that your school has set.


    To meet AS90826 you are equired to explain and analyse the response of a religous tradition to a contempoary ethical issue using a range of details and reasons (depth) and using a range of examples to support your answer (breadth).

    Therfore you have to fully describe a contemporary ethical issue saying what it is, how it arises, why it is an issue and what are some of the various responses to the issue. This will set the context for the response of the Catholic Church. The RESPONSE is the focus of the assessment. Then, you will be required to examine the response of the Catholic church to the issue. Examine in this standard means explain (give reasons for) and analyse (examine in great detail)

    Your school will choose from a wide range of ethical issues as the context for this assessment.  That may include the following:

    • Euthanasia
      • A series of articles that explore the ethical issues regarding Euthanasis from a Christian (mainly Catholic) perspective.
      • Reflections on Euthanasia from a Catholic priest using Church documents to support his arguement.
      • Why Catholics teach what they teach about Euthanasia.
    • Assisted Human Reproduction

    An important source of information about ethical issues from a Catholic perspective is The Nathaniel Centre. Established in 1999 part of its function is to act as an advisory and resource centre for individuals and group in the moral, ethical and spiritual implications of contempoary issues in light of the Gospel and the wisdom of the Catholic Church’s moral tradition.


    FaithCentral would love to know about sites that you have found useful in your preparation for assessment to any achievement standard. We are also keen to know what you would find helpful to have on FaithCentral. Please share your resources and views with us via ncrs@tci.ac.nz. Remember we are not miracle workers and will not be able to help the night before the task is due in.