LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2009 – Stem cell research, assisted reproductive technology and genetic engineering have all made national headlines in recent weeks and sparked political, social and religious debates.
Loyola Marymount University faculty will discuss these issues from the Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Islamic perspectives at a symposium at LMU on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m., in Ahmanson Auditorium in University Hall.
In December, the Vatican issued its most authoritative document on bioethics in more than 20 years titled “The Dignity of the Person.”
This unique event, “The Vatican Instruction on Bioethics: An Ecumenical Symposium on the Dignity of the Person,” will explain the issues addressed in the Vatican instruction and compare them with perspectives of other religious traditions. The panel will be moderated by Nicholas J. Kockler, assistant professor at The Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University, and include: James J. Walter, chair of The Bioethics Institute; Roberto Dell’Oro, associate professor of theological studies; Jonathan Rothchild, assistant professor of theological studies; Amir Hussain, associate professor of theological studies; and Miriam Piven Cotler, affiliate faculty member of The Bioethics Institute
The event is co-sponsored by The Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University and the Austin and Ann O’Malley Chair in Bioethics.