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The COVID-19 Vaccine: A Discussion of the Ethical Considerations

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Benedictine College welcomed Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, leader of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, for a special presentation on “The COVID-19 Vaccine:  A Discussion of the Ethical Considerations” on Tuesday, Sept. 29, on the college's Atchison campus.

The presentation was recorded and can be viewed on the college's Facebook page here.

The presentation was sponsored by the Ravens Respect Life student group, Student Government Association, Student Life, College Ministry, and the Office of the President. Also presenting remotely were Pilar Calva, MD, a medical doctor specializing in human genetics and a fellow of the Culture of Life Foundation, and Stacy Trasancos, PhD, an internationally-recognized author, speaker and educator on the topic of theology and science. Along with the archbishop, the panelists discussed the ethical considerations regarding some of the research practices behind the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Emcees for the night were Bernadette Hassan, a sophomore with Ravens Respect Life, and Arturo Hernandez-Villa, a junior with the Student Government Association.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named in the Top 10 in the Midwest of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.