• Episode 46: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Dr. Alan Moy, founder of Cellular Engineering Technologies (CET) (March 12, 2024)

    12 MAR 2024 · In this episode of Inter Vitam et Mortem, Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Dr. Alan Moy, founder of Cellular Engineering Technologies (CET) (March 12, 2024) In 2005, Dr. Moy left his tenured academic career  to start a private solo pulmonary practice at a nearby Catholic hospital and started, on the same day, Cellular Engineering Technologies (CET), a biotech company with a modest goal of manufacturing adult stem cels. In 2006, he founded the non-profit John Paul II Medical Research Institute (JP2MRI). Initially the mission was to educate society on pro-life medical research ethics and advocate for the US to pursue adult stem cell research.  CET/JP2MRI developed biotechnology that is now superior and has the future potential to replace embryonic stem cells and aborted fetal cells that now commonly are used in the biopharmaceutical industry. While this change will not occur overnight, the scientific and business foundation is in place to support this vision. See the paper that was published in the Linacre Quarterly that describes Dr. Moy's journey.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32549639/ Dr. Moy was recently asked to publish a paper on the challenges of induced pluripotent stem cells for the European Medical Society.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38188933/ Both CET/JP2MRI are at an inflection point in their science and business to take off and hopefully achieve the vision that Dr. Moy started 2 decades ago.   Dr. Moy recently published an honest criticism directed towards Catholic and pro-life institutions.  https://thefederalist.com/2024/02/12/this-one-abortion-story-changed-medicine-forever-but-pro-lifers-hardly-talk-about-it/
    33 min. 56 sec.
  • Episode 45: Mary Anne Urlakis discusses the Sacred Dignity of Embryonic Human Life with Laura Elm (April 25, 2021)

    26 APR 2021 · Episode 45 of WCAT Radio’s “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life and Death: Interviews and Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist” is broadcast in conjunction with the Institute for the Theological Encounter Between Science and Technology (ITEST) and an upcoming webinar entitled “The Moral Arguments in the Embryo Adoption Debate.” Show host and Co-Founder of the Dignitas Personae Institute for Nascent Human Life, Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis, discusses the sacred dignity of embryonic human life with Laura Elm, the Founder and President of Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter. Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter is a charitable organization, guided by a profound respect for the dignity of every human person from the first moment of existence and founded with the mission of providing corporal and spiritual care for the youngest and smallest members of the human family. To this end, Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter facilitates a dignified, prayerful, Catholic burial for embryos who die in Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) laboratories. In this episode, Mary Anne and Laura discuss the fragility of embryonic human life and the necessity of treating each and every human person with the sacred dignity requisite to being created in the Image and Likeness of God. Additional information and registration for the May 8, 2021 ITEST Webinar, entitled “The Moral Arguments in the Embryo Adoption Debate” can be found on the Institute for the Theological Encounter Between Science and Technology page at: Embryo Adoption - Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (faithscience.org).
    44 min. 55 sec.
  • Episode 44: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Stacy Trasancos presents on COVID19 vaccinations (March 23, 2021)

    24 MAR 2021 · Dr. Stacy Trasancos joins Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis for Episode 44 of WCAT Radio’s “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life and Death: Interviews and Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist” to discuss the current COVID vaccinations. Dr. Trasancos is a scientist, theologian, and mother; she holds a Doctorate in Chemistry from Penn State University and a Master’s in Dogmatic Theology (summa cum laude) from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Dr. Trasancos is the Executive Director of Bishop Joseph Strickland’s St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization in Tyler, Texas, and the Chief Research Officer of Children of God for Life. She is a Fellow of the Word on Fire Institute and an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University Catholic Studies program. Her work focuses on the integration of faith and science. In this episode Stacy Trasancos and Mary Anne Urlakis discuss the ethical implications of the current COVID vaccines, as well as those vaccines currently in development. Their ethical inquiry centers on three significant bioethical issues: (1) the liceity of using abortion-derived cell-lines for vaccine production, (2) the necessity of authentically informed consent, and (3) the sanctity of the human conscience and the issue of paternalism and coercion. Dr. Trasancos is a frequent guest on Catholic media, including Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, EWTN, Catholic Answers Live, and The Journey Home. She has written numerous articles for Catholic publications and is the author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki and Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science (Ave Maria Press), which has also been published as a textbook for Catholic high schools and colleges. Additionally, she has published a Catholic Answers booklet 20 Answers: Bioethics, and she writes the Science column for the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. In her most recent book, she examines the scientific evidence for Eucharistic miracles, co-authored with Fr. George Elliott entitled Behold, It Is I: Scripture, Tradition, and Science on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist (TAN Books). More information is available on the Children of God for Life website: https://cogforlife.org. Additionally, Dr. Stacy Trasancos’ position statement regarding the use of tissue derived from abortion in the development and production of COVID vaccines can be found at National Catholic Register and Catholic Answers. Her recent webinar presentation for ITEST, the Institute for the Theological Encounter with Science and Technology, entitled: “Is it Moral to Take the COVID Vaccine?” is available at: COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics - Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (faithscience.org).
    56 min. 52 sec.
  • Episode 43: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Sr. Marysia Weber, RSM, on Achieving Hope, Healing & Chastity after Pornography (November 18, 2020)

    19 NOV 2020 · Sr. Marysia Weber, R.S.M., M.A., D.O., joins WCAT Radio Host, Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis for Episode 43 of “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life and Death: Interviews and Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist,” to discuss the challenging topic of achieving hope, healing, and chastity after pornography addiction or compulsion. Sr. Marysia is a board-certified physician, specializing in psychiatry with a fellowship in consulting-liaison psychiatry; she completed her residency and training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Sister earned a Master’s Degree in Theology from Notre Dame. Sr. Marysia Weber practiced psychiatry at her religious institute’s multidisciplinary clinic- Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center, in Alma, MI from 1988-2014. In 2014, Sr. Marysia accepted the role of Director of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, where she is also a facilitator for Project Rachel, the Chair of the Board of Directors for MyCatholic Doctor, and an executive board member of the St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, and an executive board member for the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology. Sister also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Dept of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. Additionally, Sr. Marysia has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has authored several books -- most recently penning two chapters in the new text on priestly formation: Spiritual Husbands- Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century, edited by Bishop Felipe Estevez and Bishop Andrew Cozzens, published by Holy Apostles College and Seminary’s Enroute Books and Media. Sr. Marysia is a highly sought-after speaker and expert, and has presented to the Roman Curia, at the Vatican in 2002 regarding the Sexual Abuse by Clergy in North American. In this interview, Sr. Marysia and Dr. Urlakis address the issue of pornography use, compulsion, and addiction. Sr. Marysia shares her expertise, not only discussing the scope of the problem and the neuroscience behind internet pornography addiction, but also revealing effective and authentically Catholic strategies for hope and healing.
    1 h 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Episode 42: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Laura Elm, the Founder and Executive Director of Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter (Sept 28, 2020)

    28 SET 2020 · In Episode 42 of Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life & Death: Interviews and Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist, Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Laura Elm, the Founder and Executive Director of Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter. Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter is a charitable organization guided by a profound respect for the dignity of every human person from the first moment of existence and founded with the mission of providing corporal and spiritual care for the tiniest and most vulnerable members of the human family. To this end, Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter facilitates a dignified, prayerful, Catholic burial for human embryos who die in Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) Laboratories. In this interview, Laura Elm and Dr. Urlakis discuss the scope of the mission of Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter and the unintended consequences of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) which have prompted this unique and necessary mission. More information regarding Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter can be found on their website at: https://sacredheartguardians.org/services/burial/. (September 28, 2020)
    57 min. 35 sec.
  • Episode 41: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Dr. Raymond Dennehy, a Pro-Life Warrior (May 8, 2020)

    9 MAG 2020 · Dr. Raymond Dennehy is Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis’ guest on Episode 41 of “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life & Death: Interviews and Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist.” Dr. Dennehy is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, having taught 41 years at the University of California, Berkeley. He is known as a staunch defender of the sanctity of human life and has been awarded the 2013 Rupert and Timothy Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pro-Life Scholarship, by the pro-life organization, “University Faculty for Life.” Dr. Dennehy is a redoubtable debater, an out-spoken contributor, a published author, and a decorated scholar. In this interview, Dr. Dennehy discusses his faith and his illustrious career as a university professor on the front lines of the battle against the “Culture of Death.” (May 8, 2020)
    57 min. 53 sec.
  • Episode 40: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Dr. Al Kertz on the reliability of information regarding the origin of the COVID19 (May 4, 2020)

    4 MAG 2020 · Dr. Al Kertz is Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis’ guest on Episode 40 of “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life & Death: Interviews and Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist.” Dr. Kertz earned his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from Cornell University, as well as a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Missouri and is a distinguished member of the American Dairy Science Association. Dr. Kertz is also a member of the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology. As a renown scientist and authority in the field of Dairy Science, Dr. Kertz is a highly-sought-after consultant, sharing his expertise in the United States and abroad. Dr. Kertz has traveled to China approximately 30 times, and has visited 15 of the 22 provinces, 3 of the 4 major metropolitan areas, and flown into 14 airports. As both a scientist and as an individual who has traveled extensively in China, Dr. Kertz is able to share a unique perspective. In this episode, Dr. Kertz and Dr. Urlakis explore issues regarding the current COVID19 Pandemic and discuss the implicit challenges to bioethical analysis in this rapidly changing situation. Among the topics they discuss are the reliability of information and data regarding the origin of the COVID19 virus and the far-reaching ramifications of scientific discovery in this unique moment in history. (May 4, 2020)
    1 h 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Episode 39: Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis engages Fr. Luke Dysinger, OSB, on the bioethical issues related to the COVID19 Pandemic (March 30, 2020)

    31 MAR 2020 · Fr. Luke Dysinger, O.S.B and Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis discuss the bioethical issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic on Episode 39 of “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life and Death: Interviews and Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist.” Fr. Luke Dysinger is Roman Catholic priest, physician, bioethicist, and educator. He received his M.D. from the University of Southern California and was Board Certified in Family Practice after a completing a residency at UCLA. Fr. Luke joined the Benedictine Community of St. Andrew’s Abbey in 1980, making his Solemn Profession of Vows in 1985, and was ordained to the ministerial priesthood in 1986. Fr. Luke Dysinger, O.S.B. studied Theology at Oxford University and received his D. Phil in Theology in 2000. Fr. Luke is the Chairman of the Department of Theology at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo. He is widely published and shares his expertise in theology and bioethics via his academic work and membership on hospital ethics committees. In this episode, Fr. Luke Dysinger and Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis discuss the current COVID-19 pandemic and its bioethical ramifications in light of Catholic Moral Theology. Among the topics they consider are: the care of vulnerable, the allocation of scarce resources, decision making and moral praxis in global crisis situation, the immutable value of the sanctity of human life, the limits of medicine and the role of palliative care. Lastly, Fr. Luke addresses issues and concerns specific to men in formation. Join Dr. Urlakis and Fr. Luke Dysinger for an informative and relevant broadcast regarding the current COVID-19 situation. (March 30, 2020)
    58 min. 49 sec.
  • Episode 38: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Chris Reilly, a Catholic Bioethicist (February 8, 2020)

    9 FEB 2020 · Ethical Prenatal Testing and Diagnosis is the topic of conversation between Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis and guest Chris Reilly on Episode 38 of “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life and Death: Interviews & Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist.” Chris Reilly is a Catholic speaker and author whose work has been published in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Ethics and Medics, Linacre Quarterly, Human Life Review, New Oxford Review. Mr. Reilly earned a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, a Bachelor's Degree in political science from Bates College, and is a currently enrolled graduate student in Moral Theology and Bioethics at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Chris has recently co-authored a chapter on "Prenatal Testing and Diagnosis" in Catholic Health Care Ethics, 3rd edition, published by the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Join Dr. Urlakis and Chris for a discussion regarding the ethical parameters of prenatal testing and diagnosis. (February 8, 2020)
    58 min. 55 sec.
  • Episode 37: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Steven Pokorny, Founder of Freedom Coaching (December 3, 2019)

    7 DIC 2019 · Steven Pokorny, M.A., MTS, the Founder and Executive Director of Freedom-Coaching [https://freedom-coaching.net/ ], is Dr. Urlakis’ guest on Episode 37 of “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life and Death.” In this episode, Dr. Urlakis and Steven Pokorny discuss the bioethical dimensions regarding the challenging topic of recovery from compulsive attraction to pornographic material. The pornography industry is multi-billion-dollar enterprise that harms families, wrecks marriages, creates loneliness, and darkens souls. It is an industry that perpetuates isolation by fostering an intimate emotional bond with an artificial fantasy world; causing those who become dependent upon it to relinquish the authentic God-given beauty of the human person in exchange for a fabricated identity. In this interview, Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis discusses with Stephen Pokorny his book: Redeemed Vision: Setting the Blind Free from the Pornified Culture, and the essential steps necessary to break free from the detrimental effects of porn compulsion, and their bioethical implications (December 3, 2019).
    57 min. 34 sec.
Inter Vitam et Mortem is a forum established by Mary Anne Urlakis to promote discussion of Bioethical topics from a Catholic perspective.
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