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

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

AMSL Dean Approves Jackson Labs's Practices

AveWatch has the story. On the Ave Maria School of Law radio program, Dean Eugene Milhizer said that it would be "great" if Jackson Labs opens up its planned facility near Ave Maria University. He explained that it would be "great for the university" because it would bring high-end jobs and "a lot of opportunities, I imagine, for the university to partner in different ways."

Milhizer said that Jackson Labs has been "seriously looked at to determine whether its practices are consistent with the Catholic Church’s teaching on different life issues," and that its practices are so consistent.

I guess I didn't realize that research into better contraception methods and supporting human embryo stem cell experimentation were consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

UPDATE: In the comments, "an observer" makes an interesting point: Milhizer is not making any distinction about the sale of land or the activities specifically planned at the Ave Maria Facility. Here, Milhizer is saying that all of the company's practices are consistent with Catholic teaching. Until now, it had only been alleged that the NCBC had no problem with the particularities of Monaghan's land sale, but there was no comment on Jackson Labs's activities as a whole.

So either Milhizer misspoke, or he is referring to a study of Jackson Labs's practices that we don't know about yet, or he is broadly (and perhaps mistakenly) considering the alleged NCBC opinion as a blanket approval of all of Jackson Labs's activities.