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

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Cardinal Newman Society: Bad Notre Dame, Too Close To Embryonic Stem Cell Research, But Ave Maria......

I noticed over at the Cardinal Newman Society website that they're making a big deal about Notre Dame recently honoring the company General Electric, "despite the company’s involvement with embryonic stem cell research." Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly wrote a letter to Notre Dame President Fr. Jenkins, calling on Notre Dame to "publicly revoke the honor" because "it is contradictory and potentially scandalous for the University to honor a company which is in clear conflict with the teaching of the Catholic Church." The Cardinal Newman Society tells us that GE is in conflict with Catholic Church teaching because it is partnered with Geron, a company doing embryonic stem cell research, and because GE says it might pursue embryonic stem cell research itself.

Yes, you know where I'm going with this: I'm thinking of an organization that also partners with companies doing embryonic stem cell research and says it might pursue embryonic stem cell research itself. Need another hint? It starts with "J" and rhymes with "Paxson Labs."

So the Cardinal Newman Society feels the need to publicly chastise Notre Dame for their connection to GE. Is the Cardinal Newman Society going to say anything about Ave Maria's support and approval of a similar organization?