The Roman Catholic World

April 28, 2010

by Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Related Story:  AVE MARIA and ABORTION:  The Controversy Behind Monaghan’s Ave Maria Town “Scheme“  (a Constitutional Law Scholar’s Analysis)

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Ave Maria, Florida

Ave Maria, Florida

On April 10, 2010 the Naples Daily News published an article which included comments by Charles Hewett, VP of  The Jackson Laboratory, by Nicholas J. Healy, Jr., president of Ave Maria University, as well as by Blake Gable, president of real estate development with Barron Collier Companies –regarding the possibility that residents of Ave Maria, Florida may need to co-exist with The Jackson Laboratory and its activities, which include:

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Workshops, such as this one held at its facility in 2005, or these International Human Embryonic Stem Cell Workshops held at its facility in 2006 and 2007, or its promotion of resources for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, such as this one or the upcoming “workshop”  (May 1-5, 2010)– which will be held at its facility and will include “talks and demonstrations on methods” in Human Embryonic Stem Cells (human ES cells).

One of the comments by Nicholas J. Healy, Jr., president of Ave Maria University was quoted in the Naples Daily News 04/10/2010 article as follows:

“If they were to locate here I think there would be very considerable benefits to the entire area,” said Nicholas Healy, president of Ave Maria University.  “They will bring well-paying jobs and so on.  It will help real estate in the town.”

Among Blake Gable’s comments to the Naples Daily News, I find this one most interesting:

“Obviously, because Tom [Monaghan] is our partner, when this opportunity was brought to our attention last year, we went to our partner and said, ‘This is what we want to do, is it something you’re comfortable with?’  He went and did his due diligence, researched it, and said, ‘Go ahead with it.'”

Of significant  interest is also the following comment by The Jackson Laboratory VP, Charles Hewett:

We certainly are very thoughtful about the subject, but not willing to rule out doing human embryonic stem cell research.”

The Naples Daily News article containing all of the comments by Healy, Gable and Hewett may be read here.

If such co-existence is inevitable (and, since according to Gable, Monaghan has said, “Go ahead with it”)–  it may be useful to read G.K. Chesterton’s thoughts on Eugenics, (which I provide below for the benefit of the reader) in order to gain a “serious” Catholic perspective on the evolution of this subject.  Indeed, in a deposition dated February 20, 2008 Monaghan stated, “Well, I thought that a disproportionate amount of the people that moved there [Ave Maria, Florida] would be Catholics; serious Catholics”.

“Serious Catholics” should be asking themselves exactly who was involved in this so-called “due diligence” and “research” that led  Mr. Monaghan to say “Go ahead with it”  — given the evidence of The Jackson Laboratory’s activities, as presented above.   One can only anticipate that the obvious justification is that The Jackson Laboratory is not “doing” Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research– that they are merely providing “resources” and holding “workshops.”  Well– is that supposed to make “serious Catholics” feel better?

Serious Catholics”– are you feeling better?

Chesterton’s observations on Eugenics  may also serve as a framework for understanding The Jackson Laboratory’s  founder, Clarence Cook Little, his work in Eugenics and euthanasia, as well as his collaboration with Margaret Sanger in the American Birth Control League (click on link to see that Clarence Cook Little was listed as a “consulting editor” in the Birth Control Review Board).  The American Birth Control League later became Planned Parenthood.

Interesting statistics about the subject of Eugenics also appear in The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan   (click on library’s  link to read “Get Those Idiots Out of My Gene Pool”): 

Michigan figured prominently in popularizing eugenics as John Kellogg hosted Race Betterment Conferences in 1914, 1915, and 1928. The ideas shaping eugenics reached orthodox academia as UM’s president C.C. Little [Clarence Cook Little] publicly favored birth control as a eugenic device.”

The Harvard Crimson archived two announcements of Clarence Cook Little’s presentation before the Liberal Club, on March 30, 1931– titled  “Birth Control and the Pope’s Encyclical.”  The text of his presentation is not included, but this archive offers further insight into The Jackson Laboratory’s founder, and his promotion of birth control– at the time of Pope Pius XI’s Encyclical,CASTI CONNUBII.

The Harvard Crimson‘s announcements of Clarence Cook Little’s presentation are dated March 28, 1931 and March 30, 1931.

Paul A. Lombardo, Professor at Georgia State University College of Law, wrote a critically acclaimed book titled THREE  GENERATIONS,  NO IMBECILES: Eugenics, The Supreme Court, Buck v. Bell which covers the history of Eugenics.  In February 2009, Professor Lombardo met with Benedict XVI during his visit to Rome, where he spoke at the Vatican conference on “New Frontiers of Genetics and the Danger of Eugenics“– sponsored by the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Here is G.K. Chesterton’s

  EUGENICS and OTHER EVILS (full text)


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Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:  Ave Maria University + The Jackson Laboratory + Resources for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research + Eugenics + Margaret Sanger + Tom Monaghan + Nicholas J. Healy Jr., President of AMU + Barron Collier Companies + The Ave Maria Stewardship Community District + Professor Paul A. Lombardo + Buck v. Bell,  etc.

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