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Catholic High School Abstains from Parade

By Tim State in News on Mar 9, 2008 9:38PM

South Side Irish Parade spectators. Photo by Devillibrarian.

Who wouldn’t want to support an organization that raises money that helps sick kids? At least one South Side Catholic high school expressed concern that proceeds from the South Side Irish Parade will be going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which supports embryonic stem cell research in hopes of a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

After talking with the JDRF, the high school decided not to march in the parade, which hit the street today at noon. Mary Louise Kurey, director of the archdiocese’s Respect Life office told the Trib:

We live in a sinful world where there are many problems. We want to promote life saving cures of these diseases. That's an extension of the respect life message. But we do want to make sure the organizations that are working toward this mission respect all human life.

The parade has been taking place annually since 1979. [Trib]