Father Jackson, formerly pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Providence, was arrested on Oct. 30 by the Rhode Island State Police after an investigation by a Rhode Island computer crimes task force.
“While these tests can help parents prepare for the arrival of their child, we are concerned that they could be a predatory financial windfall for manufacturers and directly result in the termination of innocent human life,” said lawmakers in a letter to the FDA's acting commissioner.
The study is projected to launch this spring and continue for three to five years.
Such individuals can’t be ordained, but formators stress the need to accompany these persons with love and understanding.
Cardinal Nichols is president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, but signed the letter as the Archbishop of Westminster.