Media watch: Clarification of bishop's Komen statement

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Written by Diocese of Toledo   
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 14:59
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Bishop Leonard P. Blair's letter is neither a condemnation, censure, nor — as the The (Toledo) Blade claimed in a story published July 12 — a "ban" on the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Bishop Leonard P. Blair
Bishop Leonard P. Blair

Individual Catholics who want to contribute to Komen locally can continue to do so on the basis of Komen's assurance that no local funds go to Planned Parenthood or to embryonic stem cell research.

However, there are some, who in good faith, continue to have misgivings about Komen's association with Planned Parenthood and its openness to embryonic stem cell research. For that reason the Bishops of Ohio determined, as Bishop Blair says, that "in order to avoid even the possibility of cooperation in morally unacceptable activities ... fundraising activities carried out under Catholic auspices, including our schools, should be channeled" elsewhere. In the Diocese of Toledo, Mercy Cancer Centers are a very appropriate local way to channel donations raised under Catholic auspices for the fight against breast cancer.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 17:25