Monday, June 25, 2007

Bishop Burbidge calls on Catholics to oppose ESCR in NC

~from the Raleigh Diocese Website

In a letter read to parishioners at all Masses throughout the Diocese of Raleigh this weekend, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge has called on Catholics to contact their state representatives, registering their opposition to House Bill 1837. The bill, if approved and signed into law, would provide state funding for embryonic stem cell research.

The proposal, which was approved by the House Committee on Science and Technology last week, moves to the House Appropriations Committee this week for consideration. The Bishop has expressed his extreme disappointment with last week’s action.

“Timing is crucial,” the Bishop said in his message to the Catholic faithful. He noted, if passed, the legislation “will result in untold numbers of innocent human lives being exterminated.”

The Bishop’s letter included a web site providing the people with ways to contact their house representative. (Please see link to the Bishop’s letter at the bottom of this page).

In January, Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte issued a series of three bulletin inserts to inform Catholics on Church teaching regarding stem cell research, especially those areas which violate the Church’s moral teaching. Both bishops have made it clear that the Church supports other methods of stem cell research, noting advancements in adult stem cell and umbilical cord research. They oppose the destruction of human embryos for the sake of research.

The three bulletin inserts are available at www.dioceseofraleigh.org/how/respect_life/.

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