Fr. Joseph Tham, LC

Fr. S. Joseph Tham was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to
Canada at the age of fifteen. At the University of Toronto, he first majored in Mathematical Sciences and then graduated from Medical School. After several years of work as a family physician, he entered the seminary of the Legionaries of Christ and was ordained a priest in 2004. As a part of this preparation, he has obtained his degrees in philosophy and theology at Rome’s Regina Apostolorum Pontifical university, where he also completed his post-graduate studies in bioethics. He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation with high honours on “The Secularization of Bioethics—A Critical History” under the direction of Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, former Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is former dean of the School of Bioethics in Regina Apostolorum where he presently teaches bioethics. He is a Fellow of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights. He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books, including The Missing Cornerstone (2004), The Secularization of Bioethics (2007) and Bioetica al Futuro [Bioethics of the Future] (2010), Religious Perspectives on Human Vulnerability in Bioethics (2014), Religious Perspectives on Bioethics and Human Rights (2017), Sexuality, Gender and Education (2018), Religious Perspectives on Social Responsibility in Health (2018) and Interreligious Perspectives on Mind, Genes and the Self (2018).

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