Despite concerns that Loyola Marymount University might choose an abortion-rights advocate as director of its bioethics center, the University has announced its selection of Roberto Dell’Oro, an LMU theology professor and ethicist.
In addition to teaching at LMU since 2003, Dell’Oro has served as a clinical bioethicist at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, Calif., ethics advisor to St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif.,senior scholar at the Georgetown University Center for Clinical Bioethics, and member of the Ethicist/Theologian Committee of the U.S. Catholic Health Association.
The National Catholic Register reported on April 5 that “at least two out of three candidates under active consideration by the LMU search committee have views favorable to abortion that conflict with Church teaching.”
Dell’Oro was reportedly not among the three finalists.
The Register’s article and the efforts of Renew LMU, an organization of alumni seeking a stronger Catholic identity at the University, may have influenced the choice of bioethics director away from pro-abortion candidates.
The Cardinal Newman Society also weighed in on the search process:
“[T]here’s absolutely no situation… where a Catholic institution could bring on someone in bioethics who is not pro-life and claim any concern for Catholic identity,” Society president Patrick Reilly told the Register.
One of the candidates identified by the Register would have been an outstanding choice. E. Christian Brugger is an associate professor of moral theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver and a senior fellow and director of fellows at the Culture of Life Institute in Washington, D.C. He has strongly defended Catholic teaching on abortion, embryo research and assisted suicide.
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