Now They Tell Us…

From First Thoughts

A few weeks ago we all heard the announcement of a major scientific breakthrough that allowed scientists to create the equivalent of human embryonic stem cells (called induced pluripotent stem cells) but without using or destroying embryos. Joseph Bottum wrote about the implications here , and I . . . . Continue Reading »

When "Catholic Positions" Are Not

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On most of the questions of public policy we debate today¯even many important ones¯there is no Catholic position. Rather, faithful Catholics may reasonably reach different judgments and vigorously promote them over the alternatives. No particular view can be said to be uniquely in line . . . . Continue Reading »

Parsing Abortion Statistics and the Law

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The report made headlines across the globe, but even those generally sympathetic to its conclusions acknowledged the difficulties in performing a study like this. And the conclusions, as a result, seem to rest on very shaky foundations.The subject is the new global study on abortion just published . . . . Continue Reading »

Saint Duncan of Wall Street

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“What we need is a Saint Duncan of Wall Street.” I heard the phrase echo through the Princeton University chapel, one of many indications that the Catholic chaplain , Fr. Tom Mullelly, understood something vital about his students and the world. Countless Princeton graduates take up jobs . . . . Continue Reading »

Faithful Reason About Stem Cells

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Two years ago, William Saletan¯’s science reporter¯compared the typical approaches of Jewish and Catholic thinkers to bioethical questions . "The Catholics were clear about what was moral and what wasn’t. The Jews were fuzzy." He quoted Eric Cohen, a Jewish . . . . Continue Reading »

Update on Stem-Cell Research

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It made the front page of the New York Times , but don’t let that dissuade you¯reports today about new ethical sources of embryonic-type stem cells are credible, and they are very good news. Of course, there is still a long way to go before this particular method will be tested on humans . . . . Continue Reading »