Apologies if this is the wrong forum. Consider the following situation, which I am stripping down to its bare bones.
Dr. X is Catholic, and working in a hospital cum research institute. Said institution caters to a wide variety of patients, including children with autism and intellectual disability. The institution itself has no official research policy.
Dr. Y approaches Dr. X with a proposal for a therapeutic intervention in said group of children, because Dr. X has access to them and is involved in their care.
The intervention involves a non-Catholic religious procedure. (I’m deliberately keeping it vague, because I want to consider this question in the abstract. Examples could be invoking the name of Allah, chanting “Hare Krishna”, calling upon Thor and Odin, and so forth. :p)
Dr. X wants to object on two grounds: first (trivially) because this sounds like unscientific “woo”, and second (more seriously) because he’s wary of such invocations and incantations, especially in a vulnerable patient population that will be searching for a literal miracle.
Is Dr. X right in objecting to participate in such research? Should he be “objective” and evaluate the treatment purely on scientific grounds (as he would, say, a drug or psychotherapy)? Or should he abstain because of the potential spiritual risks involved in such a study?
(Yes, I’ve always wanted to call myself Dr. X. Mwa ha ha ha ha! :D)