Pittsburgh bishop taking ALS challenge for priest

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's Roman Catholic bishop plans to take the ice bucket challenge to support a diocesan priest who has Lou Gehrig's disease, but will donate his money to a charity that doesn't use embryonic stem cells for its research on the disease.

Bishop David Zubik's announcement comes as the Archdiocese of Cincinnati discouraged its schools from raising money for organizations that conduct research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, using cells taken from human embryos.

The Pittsburgh diocese agrees with Cincinnati officials that such research violates the Catholic church's teachings on abortion.

Bishop Zubik plans to take the challenge Saturday with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino, pastor of a church in Duquesne, who was diagnosed with the disease last year.

Zubik says he's donating to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, which uses only adult stem cells.

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