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BY John Lilly
Cardinal: Catholic Hospital
Must Tighten Ethics
REUTERS, March 20 — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor called for tighter ethical measures
at a fashionable Catholic hospital that is embroiled in a controversy over the morality of
abortion, Reuters reported.
Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor ordered
an inquiry after the Hospital of St. John and
St. Elizabeth in London decided to build an
extension where doctors would operate medical services under the UK’s National
Health Services. He is concerned that the doctors would be obliged under their
contracts to refer women for abortions and prescribe contraceptives.
The cardinal, who is the patron of
the hospital as well as archbishop of Westminster,
called for “a revision and clarification of the code of ethics.” He said
differences of opinion had arisen about how the code’s provisions applied to
referrals for abortion, contraception and “amniocentesis for purposes other
than safe delivery.”
He said, “Achieving clarity
inevitably involves some discomfort and commercial risk but these are
challenges which, if accepted, will secure the Hospital
of St John and Elizabeth as a Catholic Institution in the
tradition in which it was founded.”
Cardinal’s Appointment Honors
ASIANEWS, March 24, — Cardinal Stephen Kim
Su-hwan of Seoul said Pope Benedict’s naming of
Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk
reflects the Holy Father’s love of the country, the news service reported.
The Pope “has given great joy to
Korean Catholics and has honored the whole nation,” the cardinal emeritus said.
“I had the impression that the Holy Father may consider the possibility of
appointing a Korean cardinal.”
This joy is “greater still” if one
considers that this is the “first consistory of Benedict XVI: He could have
chosen many bishops, including from the former Soviet Union, and the fact that
a Korean was included among the 15 new cardinals demonstrates how much
consideration he has for Korea.”
The cardinal added, “My successor
has a clear view on missionary work in Asia, including North Korea,
and he is on the frontline of the pro-life struggle, so I have little advice to
give him. I expressed my joy for the appointment of Cardinal Cheong in a personal meeting with the Pope, and I sought to
explain to him how important the decision was for Koreans, including
South Korea Cloning Doctor Fired
BBC NEWS, March 20 — Dr. Hwang Woo-suk, the discredited and disgraced South Korean cloning
scientist, has been fired from his professorship at Seoul National University,
BBC News reported.
Hwang and six members of his team
were suspended from working at the university last month pending a disciplinary
investigation. The university concluded in January that Hwang had faked the key
points of his stem-cell research. Before his fakery was uncovered, his research
provided fuel for proponents of embryonic stem-cell research, which has proven
unsuccessful, unlike adult stem-cell research, which doesn’t involve the
killing of human life.
“The disciplinary committee has
decided to fire Hwang and to take punitive action against six other
professors,” a university spokesman told the French news agency AFP. “The
professors fundamentally abandoned honesty and sincerity ... and caused the fall
in the school’s honor and the country’s international confidence,” the
university said in a statement.
Prosecutors are expected to wrap
up their investigation soon into whether Hwang should also face criminal
charges of fraud and embezzlement for the alleged misuse of millions of dollars
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