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Friday, February 1, 2008

"Bodies" Raise Ethical Concerns

Schools affiliated with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have canceled their plans to offer field trips to "Bodies . . . The Exhibition" after the archbishop raised concerns about the exhibit in a memo to school administrators. In the memo, Archbishop of Cincinnati Daniel Pilarczyk wrote, "It seems to me that the use of human bodies in this way fails to respect the persons involved. Therefore, I do not believe that this exhibit is an appropriate destination for field trips by our Catholic schools." The exhibition uses the preserved remains of once-living people to offer visitors a realistic view of how the human body works. Protesters, however, continue to express concern over the manner in which the bodies were obtained. —Dan Messier