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Ex-priest wins Templeton Prize

March 26, 2010

A former Dominican who is a proponent of embryonic stem cell research has been awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities.

Born in Spain and ordained a Dominican priest in 1960, Francisco J. Ayala soon left the priesthood and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1964. The distinguished evolutionary geneticist and molecular biologist teaches at the University of California at Irvine.


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 26, 2010 2:41 PM ET USA

    I always admired John Marks Templeton and thought him to be a good Christian. I wonder what he would think of this were he alive today.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Mar. 26, 2010 9:16 AM ET USA

    Given that adult stem cells have yielded the benefits and you don't need embryonic stem cells to reap the benefits (there are none right now) this fellow is probably a proponent of abortion. His support of embry stem cell research is probably a political rather than scientific choice and alas another priest/Catholic in the wilderness. Let us pray for him.

  • Posted by: adamah - Mar. 26, 2010 8:25 AM ET USA

    "He has already received his reward....."