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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog

We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

It's always interesting to me how the reality of Catholic beliefs and behavior often differ markedly from the Pope's position. No where is this more apparent than in the debate on embryonic stem cell research. In an August 2005 poll taken by the Pew Research Foundation, 61% of white Catholics support embryonic stem cell research. (Only about a third of white evangelicals support such research.)Additionally, 77% of seculars and 70% of mainline Protestants believe the gains from such research outweigh concern for the potential life of the developing embryo.

For a concise explanation of the Pope's views on the beginning of human life, check out this article from February of this year. I'm not a Catholic, so I don't understand a lot about how the church operates. How important is it when a clear majority of Catholics disagree with the Pope on important issues?

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