A few months ago, a pro-life group wrote to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington that researchers at Jesuit-run Georgetown university were using cells from aborted children. McCarrick wrote back at the beginning of January, saying, “I have had this matter thoroughly investigated and I am pleased to tell you that Georgetown Medical Center’s Tissue Culture Bank is now well aware of the moral problems concerning use of certain cell lines and research involving tissue culture.” Notice carefully what he’s saying. He didn’t say that they were changing their practice to do the moral thing, only that they were aware.

As Paul Harvey says, now we have the rest of the story. The university’s biolethicists, including a Catholic priest, say that “the benefits to society outweigh the harm done by using the cells”log/index.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fbettnet.dyndns.org%2Fblog%2Fcomments.php%3Fid%3D2546_0_1_0_C”>a thread below. You might find it interesting reading, if only to understand this particular mindset.

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Domenico Bettinelli