MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Children who attend Catholic schools within the Madison diocese won't be taking any more field trips to the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery because the facility conducts research using embryonic stem cells.
A Wisconsin State Journal report says the diocese announced its decision Thursday. The diocese says the research runs counter to Catholic teachings on the sanctity of human life.
Michael Lancaster is the superintendent of Catholic schools. He says the decision affects about 7,400 children at 44 schools. However, only a handful of those schools had been taking students to the facility.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is a public-private research center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
Catholic theologian Peter Hess criticized the move. He says educators should use controversial issues as teachable moments, not shrink away from them.
- Holmen man sentenced to life for murder of girlfriend
- Holmen man in custody after armed robbery and 5-hour standoff
- Herberger's to move into former Macy's location at Valley View Mall
- Police: Student critically hurt in Kenosha school stabbing
- Bill banning abortion coverage for state workers up for vote
- Education accountability bill up for committee vote
- Bill would let victims, witnesses block body camera releases
- Man accused of trying to kill girlfriend faces sentencing
- Urban Beekeeping
- New breast cancer detection soon offered at Mayo Clinic in La Crosse