Stem cells, shared Eucharist, teachers old & new


Thank you for your editorial “Life & Science” (March 27). I am a full-time MDiv student in the Boston area, and I work as an interfaith chaplain at one of the large research and teaching hospitals here.

Recently all employees received an e-mail from the hospital administration, lauding President Barack Obama’s decision to lift restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research because such research will be conducted at the hospital. The letter suggested that Obama’s decision marked the triumph of science over ideology.

I wondered how to respond to that statement, but only a few points came to mind—for instance, that research on adult stem cells is not ethically problematic, and has already yielded results. Your editorial provided more ideas to help me develop a detailed response. I am particularly grateful that your opinion is not grounded solely in official Catholic teaching, but in principles (for example, that taxpayer money should not go to projects that many citizens find ethically problematic) that are accessible to anyone, Catholic or not. Keep up the good work!

David Scholl
Brighton, Mass.


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