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22 September 16, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org COOPER OFFICE EQUIPMENT Full Copier Line From Tabletop To Networkable Digital Laser Systems (906) 228-6929 Phone 800-432-7682 Fax 800-908-8542 Purchase & Lease Options Authorized KONICA Printers-Copiers Dealer Including Massage Therapy Annual Parish Retreat 2016 - 2017 season theme is: Members of God's Own Family" Director Fr. Tim Ferguson There are many parish retreats scheduled throughout the season. Contact Marygrove if you are interested in attending one. If your parish currently does not offer a retreat, consider attending one that fits into your schedule. $150 per person $250 per married couple USCCB general counsel urges not to fund unethical human or animal chimera research The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) submitted comments on Sept. 2 to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy on the proposed authorization of federally-funded human/ani- mal chimera research. Comments objecting to that proposal were submitted by Anthony Pi- carello, USCCB associate general secretary and feneral counsel, and Michael Moses, associate feneral counsel. The comments outlined the objections of the USC- CB to the newly-proposed research guidelines: the bottom line is that the Fed- eral government will begin expending taxpayer dollars on the creation and manip- ulation of new beings whose very existence blurs the line between humanity and ani- mals such as mice and rats. In doing so, the government is ignoring the fact that fed- erally funded research of this kind is prohibited by Federal statute and is also grossly unethical. Human/animal chimera research results in beings who do not fully belong to either the human race or the host animal species. Herein lies the key moral problem involved in this proposal, beyond the already grave problem of exploiting human embryos as cell factories for research, they wrote. For if one cannot tell to what extent, if any, the resulting organism may have human status or character- istics, it will be impossible to determine what one's moral obligations may be regarding that organism. The comments explained that Catholic mo- rality allows for the respectful use of animals in research that can benefit humanity. But because of the unique dignity of the human person, there are limits to what can morally be done. They listed the ways in which chimera research violates ethical principles: It relies on the destruction of human embryos; it contemplates pro- ducing entities with partly or wholly human brains (without any additional level of scrutiny in the case of rodents); and it allows for producing living entities who have human gam- etes (though researchers will be told to take precautions so these entities do not engage in 'breeding'). [T]he dignity and inviolabil- ity of human life at every stage of development is a foundational principle of any truly civilized society, they wrote. The core ethical norms protecting human research subjects, affirmed in the Nuremberg Code and many subsequent documents, reflect this prin- ciple. The right not to be subjected to harmful experimentation without ones express and informed consent is an innate human right. The full text of the comment letter is avail- able at: www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/ rulemaking/upload/Comments-on-Human-An- imal-Chimera-Research-Sept-16.pdf. Pope Francis invites us to show mercy to our common home" On the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which was recognized on Sept. 1, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), extended an invi- tation to join Pope Francis as witnesses for the care of creation. He opened his statement with, Today, on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis called upon people of faith and foodwill to be united in cherishing the world in which we live as a place for sharing and communion.' As Catholics, the Holy Father invited each of us to a serious examination of conscience so that we might confess our sins against the Creator, against creation, and against our brothers and sisters.' In addition to Archbishop Kurtz, Bishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chair of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Oscar Cant of Las Cruces, N.M., chairman of the USCCB Com- mittee on International Justice and Peace, also issued a statement. Archbishop Kurtz closed by stating, The seeds of good stewardship are found in the rou- tines of daily life. Do we turn off the extra light or adjust our thermostats? Do we recycle, look for reusable containers and consume only that which we truly need? These small seeds can then grow into broader, stronger, sustainable public policy. The statement issued by Archbishop Kurtz can be found on the USCCB website under the News section on the homepage. The website is www.usccb.org.

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