By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 06, 2005

A Jesuit university president cuddles up to the culture of death. Delicately.

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan met Friday with a roundtable of activists and community leaders to discuss stem cell research, following up on last week's House passage of a stem cell bill that Carnahan co-sponsored. The group that met Friday at the Missouri Botanical Garden was looking at how to promote the issue in our region. At the meeting, the Rev. Larry Biondi, S.J. of St. Louis University said: "I am not a delicate person, but I am in a delicate situation" with the Vatican on the stem cell issue. Biondi supports the research.

Remind me. Who was that Swabian lampshade-maker who said, in 1943 or so, "I am not a delicate person, and this human tissue will just go to waste anyway"?

Sonderbehandlung, anyone?

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  • Posted by: Charlie887 - Jun. 09, 2005 12:28 AM ET USA

    St. Louis University president Biondi was head of the ethics committee on the board of the hospital chain Tenet Healthcare, whose hospitals in California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania performed abortions. When challenged, he said he believes in the "sanctity of human life from birth until death." St. Louis University advertised for sexually active women to test a herpes vaccine. They also offered the "Vagina Monologues" on campus. So what was the question on stem cells?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 08, 2005 12:49 PM ET USA

    Like most renegade Jesuits, Biondi seeks affirmation among secular critics for his contribution to their chronic "intellectual sans spiritual" discussions -- all the while running his university like a feudal lord. I am curious, too, as to whether his domain is autonomous or lies within Archbishop Burke's jurisdiction...

  • Posted by: - Jun. 08, 2005 12:45 PM ET USA

    He's not a delicate MAN, either, although his fruity-looking stole suggests otherwise. Plan B? Uncle D, forget about it.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2005 2:44 PM ET USA

    I'd be curious to see how (whether) this is reported in the Archdiocese newspaper. Archbishop Burke takes very clear stands.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2005 11:15 AM ET USA

    It also occurred to me that when Fr. Bondi says that he is "...not a delicate person", he is not actually much of a person at all. The definition of a person is a substance with an intellect and a free will. He is certainly free with his will, but he does not show much evidence of having an intellect.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2005 9:52 AM ET USA

    How can this be? Our people are confused, or better, scandalized when priests, usually from academia, deviate from the teaching of the Holy Father.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 06, 2005 3:45 PM ET USA

    That's one vote for Tolerance, and 2 nays for Truth. Truth #1 concerns the dignity and the humanity of man in all stages of life as recognized by the Vatican, but obviously not the Jesuits. Truth #2 concerns the fact that noone can serve two masters. And what is that ridiculous shawl he is wearing? If the collar and the black shirt are not enough, why not just get rid of them, or what is he witnessing to with them on?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jun. 06, 2005 2:03 PM ET USA

    Would Father Larry consider having the moral integrity to leave the Roman Catholic Church that he so delicately disobeys, & join, let's say, the Episcopalians, where he'd have a better fit... or maybe he would like to give up his own life & donate his own body, today, for stem cell research using adult stem cells, thereby sparing the lives of the thousands/millions of babies killed for stem cell research. Wadda ya say, Father Larry? In the meantime, I'll keep praying for God's Mercy for you.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jun. 06, 2005 12:06 PM ET USA

    The Catholic Church deserves a place at the table and there an articulate advocate of its moral teaching who believes that with respect to ESCR, the Church is speaking with the authority of Jesus Christ in its condemnation. Why do the Jesuits deserve representation at this roundtable? Who are the Jesuits today speaking for, besides their own shrinking community?