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Stem Cell Research and Theology:
Opening up the Conversation


Dr. Agneta Sutton
Dr. Pádraig Corkery
Saturday 20th November 9.30am to 1.15pm
Sacred Heart Hall
Western Road


Dr. Agneta Sutton

At present Dr. Sutton is Senior Lecturer in Moral Theology at the University of Chichester and part-time lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London.

She is a fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and on the committee of the Centre for Bioethics and Public Policy.

Dr. Sutton has published widely in the field of Christian ethics; her main interests centre around the family, genetics and assisted reproduction.


1990 ‘Prenatal Diagnosis: Confronting the Ethical Issues’ (The Linacre Centre)
1994 ‘Infertility and Medically Assisted Conception’ (Catholic Bishops Bio-ethics Committee)
1997 ‘Man-Made Man: Ethical and Legal Issues in Genetics’ (Editor; Four Courts Press)
2004 ‘Commitment and Responsibility in Nursing: A Faith-Based Approach’ (Editor with B.Cusveller, D.O’Mathuna; Dordt College Press)
2009 ‘Christian Bioethics: A Guide for the Perplexed’ (Guide for Perplexed Series: Continuum)


Dr. Pádraig Corkery

Dr. Corkery, a priest of the diocese of Cork and Ross.

He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Lecturer in Moral Theology in the Pontifical University in Maynooth.

He has served as a member and chair of the Irish Commission for Justice and Peace and is a member of the Irish Association of Teachers of Moral Theology.

One of Pádraig’s primary research interests over the past twenty years has been, and continues to be, contemporary issues in bioethics.


'The Challenge to Re-imagine the Goals and Ethos of Economic Activity?', Doctrine and Life 58 (2008): 4-10
'Beyond the Terri Schiavo Case’, The Furrow 59 (2008): 67-76 ‘Companion to the Compendium of Catholic Social Doctrine’, Veritas, 2007.
'Bio-ethics and contemporary Irish moral discourse’, Contemporary Irish Moral Discourse (ed. Amelia Fleming), Columba Press, 2007
'Reproductive Technologies: An Irish contribution to an international debate' The Furrow 56 (2005): 353-7
'The Use of Embryonic Stem Cells', The Furrow 53 (‘02):24-34



The decision of the Board of Governors of University College Cork in October 2008 to establish a code of practice for research using stem cells from human embryos attracted significant media attention and public comment at the time. It provided a sharp local focus to a protracted debate throughout the developed world regarding the ethical implications of such research.
On the one hand, supporters of stem cell research point to its potential to help science develop treatments for chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, neurological injuries as well as heart, liver and blood disorders.
On the other hand, opponents of such research insist that it fails to respect the inherent dignity of the human embryo and the sacredness of human life.

What does our Christian tradition have to say?
Does stem cell research represent a new opportunity or a new challenge for humanity?


  • 09.30 Registration
  • 10.00 Introduction
  • 10.25 Agneta Sutton talk
  • 11.10 Coffee and Scones
  • 11.30 Pádraig Corkery talk
  • 12.15 Group discussion
  • 12.45 Plenary session
  • 13.15 AGM

Registration fee €15, paid-up members €10.
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CTF Committee '10 -'12
Mary Coakley , Charles Conroy, Anne Francis, Geraldine Gracie, Derek Johnston, Evelyne O'Callaghan,
Seán O'Sullivan, Tom Riordan, John Scanlan.