Bad News on the Pro-Life Front

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 \AM\.\Wed\.

In case you missed the terrible news…

…the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. lifted the The District Court for the District of Columbia’s injunction on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (from NPR):

Court: Stem Cell Funds Can Continue For Now

by Julie Rovner

September 28, 2010

The Obama administration can continue funding embryonic stem cell research for now, a federal appeals court ruled.

Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington makes permanent, for the time being, the overturning of an injunction imposed last month by a lower court judge.

The scientific community was stunned when U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ordered a temporary halt to embryonic stem cell research while he considered a lawsuit filed by two scientists who study adult stem cells. The scientists say the Obama administration’s stem cell research policy violates an existing congressional ban on research that harms human embryos.

But a federal appeals court earlier this month temporarily lifted the injunction to give the administration time to make its case that even a temporary halt to the research could set back promising science.

The argument apparently succeeded. Now research funded with federal dollars can proceed pending a full appeal of the lower court judge’s ruling.

Prayer and fasting.



Monday, September 20, 2010 \PM\.\Mon\.

I am very grateful to the blogging coalition that is The American Catholic for allowing me to come aboard. Before I begin contributing to the blog, I thought I would write a few words to introduce myself.

I am not new to Catholic blogging, but I have been away from it for well over a year now. I started blogging back in 2005 with my then girlfriend, now wife, Katerina, at Evangelical Catholicism. Kat and I later teamed up with a number of other Catholic bloggers to launch Vox Nova, where I stayed until 2009. It appears I am the third Vox Nova alumnus to join TAC, and it’s nice to be in good company.

I am a thirty-something married Catholic with my first child on the way. I have a few degrees in theology and philosophy. I used to teach Latin and religion at a small Catholic school and have since returned to graduate study. I perceive a strong call to the diaconate, though this is something I am still working out with the Lord. I am not one who puts much stock in terms like “traditional” or “modern” or “progressive” when it comes to talking about Catholicism. I think St. Josemaría Escrivá and Ven. Dorothy Day exemplify what it means to be a Catholic in our present day and their writings are a constant source of spiritual insight and conviction.

Politically, I suppose I am centrist with a slight lean towards the left. I am pretty sure I can still be pushed the other direction. Catholic doctrine is the foundation of my political thinking, and I believe that there can be and ought to be much more agreement among Catholics on both general moral/social principles and actual policy making when the Church’s teaching remains central.

Thanks to the TAC bloggers and to the TAC readers for having me!