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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Friday, June 04, 2010

American Papist On Jackson Labs Story

The American Papist has a good post on the Jackson Labs story. He concludes his post with important advice:
Ave Maria should be out in front of this, not running interference for Jackson Labs. If they still have bargaining power, they should contractually demand that Jackson Labs not use the purchased land for purposes which are in conflict with Catholic principles (and result in the destruction of innocent human life). And they should remove this growing cause for public scandal by clearly defining their position in this transaction.
Exactly. Maybe the land sale is morally permissible and there is no ethical problem with Jackson Labs's plan to move into Ave Maria Town. Regardless, it is undeniable that Jackson Labs is in some way connected with the grave immorality of human embryo stem cell research (not to mention contraception, in vitro fertilization, and embryo-freezing), both in the past and in the present. In order to avoid scandal, Ave Maria needs to stop saying that the practices of Jackson Labs are consistent with Catholic teaching and thoroughly explain its position with regard to the company.