Bioethics, Family Tackled in CBCP Int'l Conference

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Some of the world's leading experts in bioethics and biomedicine will meet in Manila on Tuesday for a two-day international conference on bioethics and the family which will be organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, CBCP president, announced yesterday.

The conference will focus on "The Challenge of Biotechnology to Human Life and the Family."

This will be the first conference of such international magnitude to be organized by the CBCP under the direct charge of the Office on Bioethics.

Most Rev. Jose B. Oliveros, Bishop of Malolos, will lead the proceedings, in his capacity as head of the bioethics office.

Leading the experts is the Vatican's well-known bioethicist, Bishop Prof. Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Holy See.

Sgreccia, who has authored volumes of authoritative texts on bioethics, will keynote the conference at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City, following a Eucharistic celebration to be led by Lagdameo.

Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop of Manila, will deliver a second keynote address, focused on the family, on the second day. He will also preside over the Eucharistic celebration at the end of the conference.

Bishop Paciano B. Aniceto, Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga, and chairman of the Episcopal Commission on the Family and Life, will deliver a welcome statement, while Archbishop Fernando Filoni, D.D., the Apostolic Nuncio, is expected to deliver a papal message.

Dr. James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D., professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver a paper on stem cell research, covering its scientific and ethical aspects.

William Lee Saunders, who holds a master's degree in law from Harvard University, and head of the Center for Bioethics at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., will discuss "Cloning, Genetic Engineering, and Nano Technology."

Dr. John Willke, M.D., chairman and president of the International Right to Life Federation, will undertake a global review of the various challenges to the family, from contraception and abortion to euthanasia or mercy-killing.

Patrick F. Fagan, family and religion expert at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, D. …