Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, director of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, Pa., with a doctorate in neuroscience from Yale University, four undergraduate degrees in molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, biochemistry and philosophy, as well as two degrees in advanced theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome-dispels the notion:
"It is incorrect to say that the Roman Catholic Church is against stem-cell research," he said to begin his talk. "It is only correct to say the Roman Catholic Church is against embryonic stem-cell research. The ethical concerns differ with the source of the stem cells, because you do have to destroy an early and vulnerable human to get embryonic cells."
Father Pacholczyk stressed that the Catholic Church supports adult stem-cell research, and went on to clarify the difference between normal cells, such as skin cells, and stem cells.