Did New York City’s incoming mayor snub Catholics? There are questions about why Catholic leaders are not on Bill de Blasio’s transition team, even though other religious leaders are.
Some are calling it the “Francis effect” — a boom in Sunday mass attendance and even in Catholic school enrollment. All the credit is going to the charismatic new pope.
Research with or on embryonic stem cells is strictly forbidden, but adult stem cells, gleaned from most tissues in the body, are very different. They do not destroy embryos and so the Catholic Church endorses researching them.