Catholic bioethicists express concern about developing COVID-19 vaccines or therapeutics using cell lines created from fetuses aborted nearly five decades ago. One such drug was praised recently by President Donald Trump, who said it cured him from his recent bout with COVID-19.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, has suggested that some government-ordered shutting down of nonessential businesses can stunt the economy. But, he added, the more significant concern is shutting down churches, which impedes the nurturing of spirituality among people who seek communion with God.
A globetrotting warrior for life and human dignity has taken up a new gauntlet as president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, where he will use his global expertise and Catholic bioethics education to defend against what he termed life-degrading “science fictions” that are becoming reality.