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Bioethics Expert Explains Harmony between Science and Faith at Christendom College

“When you have accurate scientific facts, I have found, it is going to back up our Catholic beliefs and, when it doesn’t, it is because the science is wrong. Truth always wins out,” said a recent lecturer at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.

Dr. Maryilyn Coors, a professor of bioethics and genetics at the University of Colorado, examined issues like in vitro fertilization (IVF), organ transplantation, and mechanical life support in light of Church teaching.  The College reports:

In addressing the topic of fertility treatments and IVF, Coors referred to the 1987 Vatican document, “Donum Vitae,” which stated, “if the technical means facilitates the conjugal act or helps it reach its natural objective, it can be morally acceptable. If … the procedure were to replace the conjugal act, it is morally illicit.”

Coors also debunked the myth of successful embryonic stem cell research, which results in the destruction of human embryos.

“When you read in the news that they have had great success in stem cell research, it is adult stem cells,” she said. “Nobody in this country has used embryonic stem cells in a human being in any treatment. Embryonic stem cells have only been used in animal models. You never hear that in the media because they want you to think that these tremendous advances with stem cells are from embryonic stem cells.They’re not.”

Christendom College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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