Wis. Diocese Bans School Trips to Research Center

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Children who attend Catholic schools within the Madison diocese won't be taking any more field trips to the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery because the facility conducts research using embryonic stem cells.

A Wisconsin State Journal report (http://bit.ly/1aVtIgQ ) says the diocese announced its decision Thursday. The diocese says the research runs counter to Catholic teachings on the sanctity of human life.

Michael Lancaster is the superintendent of Catholic schools. He says the decision affects about 7,400 children at 44 schools. However, only a handful of those schools had been taking students to the facility.

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is a public-private research center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Catholic theologian Peter Hess criticized the move. He says educators should use controversial issues as teachable moments, not shrink away from them.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@wsaw.com.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.

powered by Disqus
WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI 54403
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 222818751 - wsaw.com/a?a=222818751