The herpes vaccine trial for which St. Louis University
gets $37 million is a perfect model of experimental design. Both experimental
and control groups engage repeatedly in the dangerous behavior that results in a
The experimental group is treated with a vaccine known to
protect against the infection. The control group is given an ineffective
vaccine. The study determines which group will get higher rates of the incurable
infection, which not only affects the subjects but can result in brain damage or
death to their offspring.
Unfortunately, the subjects are not guinea pigs or rats,
but human beings. They are someone’s daughter, someone’s sister. The study
solicits only those young women who are or who intend to become sexually
promiscuous. Chaste young women and faithful wives need not apply.
In this type of experiment, it is customary to pay the
participants for their inconvenience and for agreeing to be good subjects.
However, in this case being a good subject means agreeing to repeatedly perform
acts that are considered seriously immoral by the Catholic university that
sponsors the experiment. This will surely scandalize and seem hypocritical to
faithful Catholics. [Full Story]
I think I would go farther than just say “seem hypocritical”, condoning
activities that are grave sins in and of themselves puts this university in the
role of pimp by providing students for sexual medical experiments and getting
paid for it.
This is from the universities site:
What does it
mean to have a Jesuit Education?
“A SLU education integrates thought and action, values
and facts, compassion and fulfillment. Faculty members supplement the
multidisciplinary core curriculum through mentoring, focusing on issues such as
adjusting to university life, the tension between responsibility and freedom,
and where to find support systems on campus. Together these initiatives make the
SLU experience effective and comprehensive by helping SLU students create lives
that are rich and fulfilling.”
I read this statement three times and I am still trying to connect the topic
sentence to the paragraph that followed.
Under Student health and
Counseling services right beneath Trauma, rape and alcohol is procrastination. If this is a health concern than I have a
terminal illness, funny I keep putting off seeing a doctor about it.
One of their organization is the “We & God Spirituality Center.” Besides
using grammar that is so bad that even I flinched when reading the name, I guess
it was nice of them to include God but I noticed here he only gets second
billing. Not much of a surprise that the prominent books for this (off) center
is by Anthony de Mello, S.J. This theologians writings have been condemned
by Cardinal Ratzinger of the Congregation for the doctrine of the faith.