Kass Says Council Under His Tenure Did Not ‘Run From Important Questions’

After four years as chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics, Leon Kass participated as an associate member of the council for the first time last week. The council held its first meeting under the leadership of the new chairman, Edmund Pellegrino. In an interview with Culture & Cosmos, Kass reflected on the work of the council under his leadership. Read

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USCCB President Equates Deep Seated Homosexuality With Heterosexuality

In multiple interviews the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said that “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” are equivalent to “deep-seated heterosexual” tendencies. Spokane Bishop William S. Skylstad made the remarks to the Washington Post and the Catholic News Service in discussing the recent Vatican instruction that addresses whether or not homosexual men should be ordained. Read

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Notorious Korean Scientist Resigns Over Cloning Scandal

This past Thursday the South Korean cloning scientist Dr. Woo Suk Hwang publicly admitted to having obtained human egg cells unethically as part of his laboratory’s work on human cloning. Hwang also announced that as a result of the scandal he was resigning his position as director of the World Stem Cell Hub, a major international research consortium. Read

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Pro-life Medical Doctor Takes the Helm at President’s Bioethics Council

A Catholic medical doctor and bioethicists who enjoys the respect of his peers across the ideological spectrum is the new chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino will begin leading the prestigious council when they next meet on December 8 and 9. Read

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Texas Voters Overwhelmingly Endorse Traditional Marriage

Texas voters continued the 18-state winning streak for traditional marriage by overwhelming supporting a constitutional amendment declaring marriage in Texas to be solely the union of a man and woman. The measure also forbids the state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical to or similar to marriage, including such relationships created outside of Texas. Proposition 2 passed with more than 76 percent of the vote, among the highest in the nation. Read

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The Desire For a Sex Change

How should the Catholic community respond to men and women who think that a sex change operation would solve their problem?  Catholic teaching in this area is clear. It is impossible to "change" a person’s sex. Hormone treatments, cosmetic surgery and surgery to mutilate the sex organs do not change a person’s sex. Read

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