Archdiocese: 'Ice Buckets' Present a Moral Problem
Catholics shouldn't fund embryonic stem-cell research, Archdiocese says
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2014 5:10 PM CDT
Nashville recording artists the Marshall Lowry Band was issued the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Lowry's uncle Steve McDonald. Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 20, 2014 in Fairmont, W. Va.   (AP Photo/Times West Virginian, Tammy Shriver)

(Newser) – The Cincinnati Archdiocese is all for people embracing the "Ice Bucket Challenge"—just so it doesn't conflict with Catholic beliefs. The Archdiocese says it's OK for Catholics to get doused in ice-cold water to raise money for ALS research, but the funds shouldn't go to the ALS Association, which backs a study that uses embryonic stem cells, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The Archdiocese's 113 schools now plan to redirect their money to a medical organization that uses only adult stem cells in its research, the AP reports. "It's a well established moral principle that a good end is not enough," says an Archdiocese spokesman. "The means to that ends must be morally licit."

Embryonic stem-cell research uses cells from embryos that are four or five days old, Salon notes, whereas adult stem-cell research takes cells from throughout the body. And as the Washington Post reports, a Vatican directive in 2008 argued against stem-cell research, saying that it "presents serious problems from the standpoint of cooperation in evil and scandal." The American Life League, an anti-abortion group, compares embryonic stem-cell research to abortion and urges its members not to support the ALS Association. A Catholic ethicist says a "moral controversy" has arisen in the church over the "Ice Bucket Challenge," but at least one Catholic blogger seems to have found a solution: "While I can’t donate to the ALS Association," he wrote, "I will certainly pray for those that suffer from this disease."

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Gehime
Aug 22, 2014 9:46 PM CDT
Ice Buckets: 'Archdiocese' Presents a Moral Problem
Eat_Eateator
Aug 22, 2014 8:28 PM CDT
Hopeless people are worse than zombies.
K.C.
Aug 22, 2014 4:59 PM CDT
Here I go again, offending everybody. Oh well, whaddya do. Anyway, a "blastocyst" is a human being. True, it is an engineered human being which should not have been engineered in the first place, but there it is. And if it dies, it is the engineer's fault. He's a murderer. I sure can see why human life is actually taken in such little regard, just like it's always been but especially now, thanks to high technology. The situation reminds me of the movie, "Jurassic Park". In that movie the character Ian Malcolm says something about just because we can do something doesn't mean we should.