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Old Jun 10, '11, 8:05 am
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It occurred to me that for many Catholics, the fact Marlo Thomas is the Outreach Director of St. Jude's Hospital might seem ironic or paradoxical. This great institution, founded by Marlo's father, Danny Thomas, is devoted to caring for children of all ethnic groups, at no expense to their families, in their battle with cancer, as well as conducting research into the causes and treatments for childhood cancers. However, the actress Marlo Thomas is known for her liberal stance as a pro-choice advocate of abortion, as well as being a proponent of gay marriage, and so on. I have contributed to this institution for many years and do share many of Thomas' liberal political beliefs. But I was wondering what some Catholics might think about her seemingly diametrically opposed positions regarding the lives of the unborn and the lives of (ill) children after birth.

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Old Jun 10, '11, 10:18 am
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Although the hospital is named "St. Jude's" and probably has Catholic chaplains, I don't believe it is a "Catholic" institution, so there is no conflict there with Marlo Thomas' un-Catholic beliefs (abortion, gay marriage).

It is a good institution, and should stand on its own merits, not on the belief of Marlo Thomas.

In many ways, it is comparable to the Shriners (Masons) children's hospitals which many Catholics support for their outstanding dedication to children's care and health.
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Old Jun 10, '11, 10:22 am
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It . However, the actress Marlo Thomas is known for her liberal stance as a pro-choice advocate of abortion, as well as being a proponent of gay marriage, and so on. I .
so what?
if you want to support St Jude hospital do so on the merits of what the institution accomplishes and its programs, not on the basis of anyone else who supports it.
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Old Jun 10, '11, 10:24 am
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It occurred to me that for many Catholics, the fact Marlo Thomas is the Outreach Director of St. Jude's Hospital might seem ironic or paradoxical. This great institution, founded by Marlo's father, Danny Thomas, is devoted to caring for children of all ethnic groups, at no expense to their families, in their battle with cancer, as well as conducting research into the causes and treatments for childhood cancers. However, the actress Marlo Thomas is known for her liberal stance as a pro-choice advocate of abortion, as well as being a proponent of gay marriage, and so on. I have contributed to this institution for many years and do share many of Thomas' liberal political beliefs. But I was wondering what some Catholics might think about her seemingly diametrically opposed positions regarding the lives of the unborn and the lives of (ill) children after birth.

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If St. Jude's itself does not support abortion I would have no problem whatsoever contributing to them.
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I've been supporting St. Jude's Children's Hospital for decades - I do it from my heart for the children and NOT for Marlo Thomas.

I couldn't care less about her.

As a matter of fact, I do not even read the "letters" she sends to contributors.
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I was surprized by Marlo's values, however, our prayers for her could help her see--through God's grace--that she needs to change her values. It is not just her though we need to pray for but for all of those who would choose death over life.

What else can we who are faithful to the Church due? Pass on your faith through your actions and pray-pray-pray for our Pope and all religious.

May God bless those who read this. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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It occurred to me that for many Catholics, the fact Marlo Thomas is the Outreach Director of St. Jude's Hospital might seem ironic or paradoxical. This great institution, founded by Marlo's father, Danny Thomas, is devoted to caring for children of all ethnic groups, at no expense to their families, in their battle with cancer, as well as conducting research into the causes and treatments for childhood cancers. However, the actress Marlo Thomas is known for her liberal stance as a pro-choice advocate of abortion, as well as being a proponent of gay marriage, and so on. I have contributed to this institution for many years and do share many of Thomas' liberal political beliefs. But I was wondering what some Catholics might think about her seemingly diametrically opposed positions regarding the lives of the unborn and the lives of (ill) children after birth.

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Danny Thomas was a Maronite Catholic who attended some R.C. school early in life. He was later confirmed as Roman Catholic. It was said that he promised St. Jude that if his career was successful he would open a shrine to St. Jude -- and so it became St. Jude's Children's hospital. He had a spiritual advisor who advised him to select Memphis as the place for St. Jude's Children's hospital. He was a religious man and was made a Knight in the Order of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope Paul VI. He opened the hospital in 1962.

Prior to 1973, Tennesse outlawed abortions in all cases. I think the idea that we would have legalized abortion never occured to Danny Thomas, but that was not the purpose of the hospital.

The Hospital was set up to help to help children who were born with or later contracted disease.

I think if they will take any child regardless of insurance, Margo's present views are irrelevant on abortion or gay marriage since the mission of the hospital is as Danny Thomas intended.
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Actually, St. Jude's is problematic. Despite the good that they do, they have at least 3 doctors on staff that use fetal embryos in experimentation. The American Life League's charity watch list gave them a negative (red) rating because of their unwillingness to reply to specific inquiries, and their findings about the nature of research done there: UPDATE: January 2014
A review of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital website indicates that the three doctors/researchers referred to in correspondence below are still on staff at the facility. It appears also that each continues to be involved in and/or supportive of human embryonic stem cell research, particularly Dr. S. McKinney-Freeman who co-authored additional scientifc research papers in 2013 with Dr. George Daley, who has been involved in iPS stem cell research.

No further correspondence has been received from SJCRH and no publicly stated unequivocal condemnation of human embryonic stem cell research has come from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


It's always a good idea to check ALL's charity watch list before donating: http://www.all.org/get-involved/charity-watchlist/

There is no information about Shriner's on the site. However, since it is a masonic group, I do not support that institution because of their principles. Whatever good they do is counteracted by the fall from grace of souls who formally enter into brotherhood with the organization. It might surprise you to know that the mafia also uses the same strategy. They run good nursing homes and charities to promote positive public relations, to counteract the general evil they do.


There are better charities you can donate to.
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Old Jan 25, '17, 6:39 am
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The Catholic church condemns the use of embryonic tissue and the selling of fetal organs for medicine and research. Organ donations should involve the consent of living, consenting persons: Catechism of the Catholic Church (no. 2296):

Organ transplants are not morally acceptable if the donor or those who legitimately speak for him have not given their informed consent. Organ transplants conform with the moral law and can be meritorious if the physical and psychological dangers and risk incurred by the donor are proportionate to the good sought for the recipient. It is morally inadmissible directly to bring about the disabling mutilation or death of a human being, even in order to delay the death of the other persons.
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