Bishop James Conley

Bishop James Conley

KRISTIN STREFF/Lincoln Journal Star

In response to an Ohio diocese that warned schools off participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge, a spokesman said the Diocese of Lincoln is supportive of the efforts of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

JD Flynn, special assistant to Lincoln Bishop James D. Conley, said the Lincoln diocese has not issued its own statement regarding the ice bucket challenge, however.

The Ohio diocese said it's discouraging its 113 schools from participating because the challenge benefits the ALS Association. The ALS Association's funding of embryonic stem cell research is "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching," the Ohio diocese stated.

Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, told the schools in a letter Tuesday to "immediately cease" any plans to raise funds for the association and to instead direct donations to another organization that combats ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease that causes paralysis and almost certain death.

The Catholic Church relates the use of embryonic stem cells in research to abortion and says it violates the sanctity of human life. 

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