Toledo Catholic Bishop Leonard Blair (PDF) wrote a letter to the diocese in which he bans Catholic parishes and schools from raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. You may have heard of the Komen Foundation and it's work to fight breast cancer. The reason for the ban?
As best we can determine, at present the Komen Foundation does not fund cancer research that employs embryonic stem cells. However, their policy does not exclude that possibility. They are open to embryonic stem cell research, and may very well fund such research in the future. They are also contributors to Planned Parenthood, which, though it may claim to provide needed medical services to poor women, is also the largest provider of abortions in our country.
So since the Komen Foundation's research may not be "bound by moral norms rooted in faith and reason" the bishop has decided that churches and schools in his diocese cannot raise money for them.
The bishop closed his letter with this:
Together let us pray for all cancer sufferers, especially those in the greatest physical, spiritual and emotional need.
Especially cancer sufferers in Ohio because the church is taking the moral high road.
Oh, and according to Mary Westphal, executive director of the Northwest Ohio Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure, "the local Komen affiliate has never given a dollar to Planned Parenthood."
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