We normally don't poke our nose into another person's churchly views in the land of the divinely free and the Koch Brothers, and the home of everybody else; but we had to gasp at the intervention by Bishop Richard Lennon of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese into a national fundraiser for medical research that might someday save countless lives.
I refer to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with overwhelming response by volunteers who gave up their bodies to be drenched in ice water for the cause. They raised more than $111 million to fight the deadly Lou Gehrig's disease. Good for these guardian angels!
Still the Bishop objected, in a letter to the diocesan pastors and schools because the ALS Association conducts or supports "at least in part, embryonic stem cells research." He warned that the facts present a " real and significant moral issue for Catholics as research using embryonic stem cells requires the destruction of a human embryo, and thus the destruction of a human life."
One would think that at the intersection of religious canon and the prospect of saving so many folks who have already made it to planet earth in the flesh, the bishop would spend a few moments examining his soul for any hint of humanity in letting gravely ill people die.
But he did say that it was morally unacceptable for him to remain above the research labs, warning that the ALS event could lead to abortion.
Bishop Lennon, you are immorally wrong!