BY BOB HOLT
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is the cause behind the ice-bucket challenges that have raised millions of dollars all over the world. The disease attacks the nerve cells of the brain, and leads to paralysis.
But some groups and Roman Catholic churches are saying that the Ice Bucket Challenge conflicts with their beliefs.
Mic.com reported that the Newark Roman Catholic Archdiocese has informed 218 parishes and 94 Catholic schools that they should not hold the events. Why? Because money from the Ice Bucket Challenge is used by the ALS Association to fund embryonic stem cell research.
The archdiocese may be speaking out against the challenge events because they have warned parishioners about other fundraisers in the past. NorthJersey.com reported that the archdiocese sent out letters regarding the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer research, and about Planned Parenthood, which offers abortions and contraception.
According to an Associated Press report on WJLA.com, the Catholic Church connects embryonic stem cells research to abortion and has said it violates the sanctity of human life. Catholic teachings are not against the use of adult stem cells in research.
NorthJersey.com reports that Archbishop John J. Myers gave his blessing to the Newark Archdiocese. Myers has been outspoken in his position against same-sex marriage and abortion in the past.