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Catholic Ethicist to speak on Moral Challenges of Reproductive Technology Print E-mail

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, New York – September 24, 2008 – Father Tadeusz Pachloczyk, Ph.D., director of education, neuroscientist and staff ethicist of the National Bioethics Center will be speak on “Moral Challenges – the Influence of Reproductive Technology on Sexual Ethics” on October 8, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s parish, Babylon, NY.  The Diocese of Rockville Centre Office of Faith Formation and Catholic Health Services (CHS) are co-sponsors of this event.

Fr. Pachloczyk’s presentation will focus on the beginning of life issues: In Vitro fertilization, assisted reproductive technologies and human embryos.  Part I of his presentation will look at the science of reproductive technology, including and examination of the techniques involved with in vitro fertilization and related forms of assisted reproductive technologies.  Part II of his presentation will look at the ethics of reproductive technology, namely an examination of the moral question regarding human procreation; an examination of in vitro fertilization and its ramifications for the marriage covenant through violations of exclusivity and surrogacy. Fr. Pachloczyk will examine the moral and ethical difficulties in the treatment of extra-corporeal human embryos.

The fee of $40 per person includes lunch.  To register, contact Debra Ventura at 516.678-5800, ext. 223 or register online at drvc-faith.org.

Directions to St. Joseph’s Parish
39 North Carll Ave., Babylon  NY  11702
631-669-0068

Southern State Pkwy to Exit 39 South (Deer Park Ave.)  Make a left at the stop sign and a right at the light. Stay in the right lane and take Deer Park Avenue South approximately 2 miles – over Sunrise Highway – into Babylon Village.   Go under the LIRR overpass.  The second corner after the LIRR is Grove Place – Make a right onto Grove Place.  The church is 1 ˝ blocks on the left – corner of Grove Place and N. Carll Ave.

Sunrise Highway to Route 231 South to Montauk Highway West.  After the 3rd traffic light make a right turn onto N. Carll Avenue. 

Long Island Expressway to Exit 51 and go South on Route 231 and follow directions above.
Parking is in the back of the Church and across the street from the front entrance.

The Church is handicapped accessible.

Contact:
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
rvcinfo@drvc.org


About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million).  There are 134 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  There are also 120,189 total students in religious