16 June 2008

Paved with Good Intentions


The Archdiocese has posted a
helpful Q&A to help explain why Catholics should not support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  It may be helpful to print it for distribution to well-meaning friends and family who may be ignorant of the beneficiaries of this organization.

Come on-- if you want some low-level persecution from your acquaintances, trying to persuade them on this issue is one sure-fire way to get it.  I mean, if Archbishop Burke can "be against helping sick children", you can certainly take the heat for "opposing research for a cure for cancer".

Be one of the 65 people in St. Louis to stand up for the faith.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beg to differ;

None of this money will go either to directly fund stem-cell research OR Planned Parenthood. If at some point this starts down a slippery slope I will be among the first to withdraw my support. But at most we're nearing the edge of such a slope; we've yet to even teeter toward a descent.

It's not that there are bigger battles to fight--rather, there's no fight here — yet, admittedly. For now, in memory of my mom's life and with a desire to protect my wife and daughter's health by advancing licit, morally sound medicine, I will eagerly participate with no ill effect on my conscience, or on the moral fabric of society.

Here's how Arkansas handled this, and I believe this is hardly a left-wing fringe diocese:

http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=57092

thetimman said...

anon, money is given by Komen to Planned Parenthood. It matters not from which account they write the check. Money in one pocket frees up money from the other for funding of immoral purposes.

Yes, it seems hard not to support a worthy end, but the blame lies with the organization, not the Church.

Thanks for the comment.

Lynne said...

I'm with you, Timman. I refuse to buy all those grocery products with the Susan G Komen pink ribbon on them too.

Anonymous said...

You have to pick your battles. There are SO many companies out there that support PP you can't truly boycott all of them (well, you probably could, but it would be more expensive for those of us with large families to go to health food stores, etc.) For instance, last I heard, Pepsi supports PP which means you couldn't buy Frito-Lay products either. I still want to purchase one of those lists that shows all the contributors to PP (LatinMassGirl are you still in to split the cost?).

I, personally, have given money through the American Cancer Society and I don't know what they support at all. We have a brother-in-law who died 1-1/2 years ago to cancer and my cousin is doing the Relay for Life so I donated to them in his name. If you are so inclined, you can donate here:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RelayForLifeHighPlainsDivision?px=7151023&pg=personal&fr_id=5833

God Bless!

thetimman said...

cmziall, I think it is incumbent upon a Catholic who is aware of these issues to do some level of due diligence as to whether a group funds embryonic stem cell research before donating. I wouldn't say that if it is not quickly resolved that a costly or way-time consuming search must be done, but hey, google is quick and cheap.

pam j said...

What really bothers me is that almost every event for breast cancer ONLY benefits Susan G. Komen. Until there is a charity that supports breast cancer treatment and research, AND values all human life and protects the unborn, I will give my money to Catholic Charities.

Anonymous said...

Let me know, am I missing something? Here is the link, but below the link I've quoted the paragraph where, I think, they're stating that they only fund Human Stem Cell and umbilical cord blood.

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_1_1x_President_Supports_Limited_Stem_Cell_Research.asp

However, acknowledging that the federal government remains the institution best suited to both fund and oversee research using human embryonic stem cells, the ACS statement notes that the Society will continue to fund explorations into uses of human adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

Anonymous said...

Pam, the archdiocesan position statement, which is accessible via a link in the Q&A, has a list of Catholic hospitals that provide breast cancer services and patient support groups, to which you may wish to make a donation.

Anonymous said...

Timman, I read the article suggested by the first anonymous comment. According to Msgr. Hebert, "the national Komen foundation does not give grants to Planned Parenthood." I also read the Q&A to which you linked states that "Komen affiliates in 13 states provide financial support to Planned Parenthood. Missouri is not one of those states."

If neither the local nor the national parent Komen organization supports Planned Parenthood, then "because it supports Planned Parenthood" should not be a reason to keep out of the St. Louis Race for the Cure. Right?

Anonymous said...

Whenever you give money to an organization that "somewhere" in the organization they are giving to PP, how can you be so sure NONE of YOUR money is going to PP?