It is great when a fundraising idea goes viral and helps advance a worthy cause. Recently the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been in the spotlight. As of August 23 over $62.5 Million had been donated to the ALS Association. ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name.
In recent weeks some Catholic groups have received some criticism for not supporting the Ice Bucket Challenge. Not because they are opposed to finding a cure for ALS, but because the ALS Association does not follow the ethical standards of the Church when it comes to stem cell research. Instead of becoming a killjoy in the public sphere, some organizations Continue readingby