Archdiocese: 'We don't support Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS' - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Archdiocese: 'We don't support Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Association'

FOX19/ Dan Wells FOX19/ Dan Wells
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Chances are you or someone you know has done the ice bucket challenge for the ALS Association.
 
But the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is warning Catholics before they donate.

The Archdiocese doesn't support the ALS Association in particular because of some of its research strategies. They do support the ice bucket challenge and donations towards ALS research, but they think the money should go toward a different cause.

The viral videos from the ice bucket challenge have raised more than $31 million from July 29 to August 20 this year compared to the $1.9 million it received during the same time period last year. 
 
But not everyone supports where the money is going. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says the national ALS Association funds one study that involves embryonic stem cells.

"Since the only way you can harvest embryonic stem cells is from an aborted fetus, we are morally opposed to that," said Steve Trosley.

Steve Trosley with the Archdiocese is encouraging Catholics to direct the money towards the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City which conducts research using only adult stem cells.

"I've had several Catholics tell me today that they were unaware of how different research is done for that disease," said Trosley.

But the local ALS Ohio Chapter says none of the money they receive goes towards embryonic stem cell research. It mostly goes towards patient treatment.

Yvonne Dressman with the local ALS Association Chapter stresses that donors have options.
 
"You can specifically state whether you want your money to go to embryonic research or not," said Dressman.

No matter which organization the money goes towards, the awareness for this deadly disease is growing.

"I think it's a fun way to do something positive but everybody that participates should also have a complete understanding of what it's all about," said Trosley.
 
"I don't care if you are the biggest movie star in the United States or the smallest little child out there dumping that water over your head, it's important and we're grateful," said Dressman.

Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and Tom Otten, principal of Elder High School, will still participate in the ice bucket challenge Thursday at Elder. They will each make their contribution to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City, Iowa, since it conducts research using only adult stem cells, which is morally acceptable under Catholic teaching.

Copyright 2014 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Billy Graham's casket was hand built by inmates at Angola

    Billy Graham's casket was hand built by inmates at Angola

    Casket built for Billy Graham by Angola inmates (Source: WAFB)Casket built for Billy Graham by Angola inmates (Source: WAFB)

    Inmates at one of the country's most well-known prisons will have a hand in laying Reverend Billy Graham to rest. At his request, Angola inmates built his casket back in 2006.

    More >>

    Inmates at one of the country's most well-known prisons will have a hand in laying Reverend Billy Graham to rest. At his request, Angola inmates built his casket back in 2006.

    More >>
  • Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:14 AM EST2018-02-22 06:14:16 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:28 PM EST2018-02-23 04:28:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

    More >>

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

    More >>
  • Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:35 AM EST2018-02-23 10:35:43 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    More >>

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly