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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Appointment of Dr. John M. Haas to the Pontifical Academy for Life
June 13, 2017
© 2017 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Appointment of Dr. John M. Haas
to the Pontifical Academy for Life
Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Chairman of the board of The National Catholic Bioethics Center, has announced that Dr. John M. Haas, President of the Center, has been re-appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis as an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the highest level of Membership. Dr. Haas was first appointed to the Academy by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 and served on its Directive Council for seven years.
The Academy, founded by St. John Paul II in 1994, is headquartered in Rome and now has 45 Ordinary and five Honorary Members and is under the presidency of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. Not unlike the work of the Center, the Academy’s Statutes, promulgated last year by the Holy Father, call for it to conduct interdisciplinary studies dedicated to the promotion and defense of human life; to the formation of persons in the culture of life, and to inform Church leaders, biomedical science institutions, healthcare organizations, the media, and civil society in general, with respect to the results of its study and research.
Archbishop Aymond also announced that a member of the board of the Center, Mr. James Crowley, an international lawyer who has advised a number of Vatican entities, has been appointed by Archbishop Paglia as his Counselor in the archbishop’s capacity as President of the Academy and as Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and the Family.
The next Assembly of the Academy is scheduled for October 5–7, 2017, in the Vatican and will be opened by Pope Francis. It will constitute the official launch of the renewed Academy.