Saturday, November 26, 2005

Last of our series of three talks at UD on stem cell research

I've been so busy doing that I haven't gotten a chance yet to write about our series of talks on stem cell research and cloning. By "our" I mean Catholic Scholars of Delaware, with some help from lots of other good folks. The last of the three talks is coming up this Thursday. Senate Bill 80 is scheduled for a vote in Delaware in mid-January. Please pray for Delaware, lest the "First State" become one of the first to authorize destructive stem cell research, cloning, and fetal farming. Anyone who thinks this is far-fetched has not been keeping up with the discussion and the texts of legislation like SB80.Brave New World is here. Now.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Catholic Scholars of Delaware
402 S. College Ave.

Newark, DE 19711

CONTACT: Kate Rogers, (302) 831-8480

PRIEST-SCIENTIST SPEAKING AT UD TO DISPEL MYTHS ABOUT HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH

Presentation is free and open to the public.

NEWARK, Del. – Multi-credentialed scientist Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk will speak about embryonic research at the University of Delaware on Thursday, December 1.

Fr. Pacholczyk, who has appeared on television and testified in state legislatures concerning issues of biotechnology, will address "Cutting Through the Spin on Stem Cells and Cloning" at 7 p.m. in 115 Purnell Hall. Purnell Hall is at the intersection of Amstel Avenue and Orchard Road on the University of Delaware's campus. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available in nearby garages.

Fr. Pacholczyk is uniquely qualified to address this controversial area as well as dispel the notion that religion and science are incompatible. Before becoming a priest at the age of 34, Fr. Pacholczyk completed a postdoctoral program at Harvard in neuroscience, and he obtained a Ph.D. in the same subject at Yale in just three-and-a-half years. Remarkably, he had earlier obtained four undergraduate degrees — in molecular and cellular biology, in chemistry, in biochemistry, and in philosophy — all from the University of Arizona, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1988. After his ordination, Fr. Pacholczyk earned two degrees in advanced theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

This solid scientific background is critical to his approach in navigating the difficult subject of cloning and embryonic stem cell research, now embroiled in political and ethical debates.

“Good science should be the point of departure for doing ethical analysis,” Pacholczyk maintains. “I always do the first half of my talks just on the science. The second half I focus on the moral concerns.”

Father Pacholczyk’s remarks will be the final in a series of three presentations about research on human embryonic stem cells. In the first presentation, which was on Oct. 24, Wilmington attorney Stephen E. Jenkins, Esq., spoke about Delaware's Senate Bill 80. On November 14, Dr. Robert P. George of Princeton spoke on “Humane Alternatives to Destructive Embryonic Research.”

The series, "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Learn the Facts," is sponsored by the University of Delaware's Prolife Vanguard and the Catholic Scholars of Delaware, and underwritten in part by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

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