Bioethics Update

In March 2012, RenewLMU was launched in response to the announcement that LMU was hiring a new director of its Bioethics Institute. Aware that President Burcham had previously appointed an individual with pro-abortion views to the board of the institute, hundreds of faculty, staff, alumni, students and supporters of LMU responded – signing a letter to President Burcham insisting LMU hire a pro-life Catholic to the position.

It was later reported that 3 of the 4 finalists interviewed by the university for the Bioethics Director position had publicly pro-abortion positions. But after receiving the signatures, LMU dropped all candidates under consideration and hired Roberto Dell ‘Oro, a Catholic theology professor at LMU and a former member of the Ethics/Theologian Committee of the U.S. Catholic Health Association.

Thank you very much for taking the time to sign the letter and express your concern over LMU’s Catholic identity! Together we can continue to make a difference!

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7 thoughts on “Bioethics Update

  1. “That we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity with the Church herself, if she shall have defined anything to be black which to our eyes appears to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to be black. For we must undoubtedly believe, that the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of the Orthodox Church His Spouse, by which Spirit we are governed and directed to Salvation, is the same.” ~ St. Ignatius Loyola, “Rules for Thinking With the Church”, No. 13

  2. More than once in the past 10 years I have had the need to ask some bioethics questions of bioethics specialists. The advice and input I received from a few LMU professors at the time was very, very helpful. They were able to refer me to Church documents, as well as to interpret for me some of the Church’s teachings. It was a tremendous comfort, in the midst of family health crises, to receive solid information that was faithful to Catholic teaching. Unfortunately, at least two of those professors are no longer at LMU. The reality is that there are plenty of sources of non-Catholic perspectives on bioethics here in Los Angeles, but not nearly enough informed, faithful, educated voices to help guide faithful Catholics. I urge you to support the hiring of a truly faithful Catholic bioethics specialist as Director of Bioethics at LMU.

  3. Life is as important as oxygen. Even in the womb you are alive and wanted by many. Please ensure that life in the womb stays of this importance

  4. The first Jesuit Pope was elected today. Make Pro-life Pope Francis from Argentina proud by hiring a Pro-life Director of LMU’s Bioethics Institute. You can do no less. My husband, Bruce C. Detterich, graduated from the Engineering Department in 1965. His brothers, Mark and
    Paul, and his sister, Maria graduated from LMU, also. Live and teach with your hearts and minds rooted in the Ten Commandments….especially the 5th. Thou shalt not kill….the unborn.

  5. For any institution to call itself Catholic in sincerity and honesty, to be Catholic in deed and not preach hypocrisy, it should respect and abide by the teachings of the Catholic Church. Moreover, given LMU’s existence as a Jesuit institution of higher learning, people within and without the LMU community look to the university as a center from which to receive Catholic teaching and advice, to have communicated to them what they trust to be teachings approved by Our Lord Himself. As a current student at LMU, I look to my professors and the LMU Jesuit community as mentors whom I should be able to depend upon to encourage and inform my Catholic faith with their faithfully Catholic beliefs, education, and experience. Please, honor the trust that members of the LMU and Los Angeles communities place in LMU and its faculty, and the trust that they place in you, by appointing a faithfully Catholic bioethics specialist as Director of the LMU Bioethics Institute.

  6. What you said, Mr. Joseph Berg. Proud to have you as a fellow Loyolan (LMU), granted I myself am now 32 years out from the (great) experience myself, but your clarion post today brings a spark of hope that (with fearless students like you) the overall, incremental slouching toward mediocrity and compromise our “Our Beautiful Bluff” can not only be stopped, but in fact–with the Grace of God–reversed.

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