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Rev. Thomas V. Berg

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Executive Director

The Westchester Institute for Ethics
582 Columbus Ave.
Thornwood, New York 10594
United States

Company Description: The Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human person was founded in 1998 to renew, deepen, and promote the Western tradition of moral reflection. The institute...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D. , philosophy
  • M.A. , liberal studies
    Wesleyan University
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Editorial Board | Catholic Medical Association, 25 Mar 2014 [cached]
Contributing Editors: Rev. Thomas Berg, Ph.D.; Richard J. Fehring, Ph.D., R.N.
Rev. Thomas Berg, Ph.D., is a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of New York and Executive Director of The Westchester Institute for Ethics & the Human Person. Rev. Berg received his M.A. in liberal studies from Wesleyan University in 1997, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Regina Apostolorum in 1999.
About BDF, 5 Feb 2014 [cached]
Rev. Thomas Berg, Ph.D. Ethics and Moral Philosophy Advisor
Fr. Thomas Berg Fr. Thomas Berg, Ph.D., is a priest in the Archdiocese of New York who serves as the Chair of the Moral Theology Department at St. Joseph's Seminary (Dunwoodie). In 2007, he was appointed to the ethics committee of New York's Empire State Stem Cell Board, and in 2010 he was named to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law. He holds a Ph.D. in moral philosophy from Rome's Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum. In addition to moral theology, his areas of specialization include natural law theory, medical ethics, and philosophical and theological anthropology. In 1998 he founded the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person, a Catholic think-tank dedicated to fundamental research on the Western moral tradition. He has published or been quoted in Crisis Magazine, the National Catholic Register, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He has co-authored a white paper entitled: Emergency Contraceptives & Catholic Healthcare: A New Look at the Science and the Moral Question. He has co-edited a volume of essays on the topic of human embryo adoption entitled: Human Embryo Adoption: Biotechnology, Marriage, and the Right to Life.
They collaborate with leading academics, medical doctors, theologians, scientists and journalists, and have worked with the following: Robby George (Princeton), Fr. Thomas Berg (Chair of Moral Theology at St. Joseph's Seminary and advisor to Cardinal Dolan), Carter Snead (Notre Dame Law School, Center for Ethics & Culture), Former U.S.
Yamanaka's breakthrough "put human embryonic ..., 11 Oct 2012 [cached]
Yamanaka's breakthrough "put human embryonic stem cell research largely out of business," Father Thomas Berg was quoted as saying by the Catholic News Agency.
But Father Berg, a professor of moral theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y., acknowledged that not all pro-lifers were thrilled by the selection. While Yamanaka's work has nearly eliminated the research market for embryonic stem cell lines, some of his early research relied on what Father Berg called "tainted" cells, and there is also the possibility that the results of Yamanaka's work could be turned to immoral purposes.
Still, Father Berg said, Yamanaka's move away from embryonic stem cell research is, in itself, laudable, especially given the way Yamanaka came to decide to look for a way to conduct research without destroying embryos.
It can lead to further technologies that are morally problematic," Father Berg said.
But Father Berg, who said he generally views Yamanaka's work favorably, said pro-lifers must be pleased that the creation of induced pluripotent stem cells pushed most scientists involved in stem cell research to move away from using embryonic stem cells. They made that move for a number of reasons, Father Berg said, including the fact that the new research, which uses adult cells, is "more fascinating scientifically."
It is also more cost effective to eliminate the restrictions set up by the federal government for work with embryonic stem cells. The prohibition against using federal funding for embryonic stem cells means that scientists who accept federal funding for other fields of research would have to set up entirely separate laboratories for the work, Father Berg said.
From Fr Thomas ..., 1 July 2013 [cached]
From Fr Thomas Berg:
Fr. Thomas V. Berg is Professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York. He was a member of the Legionaries of Christ for twenty-three years.
[IMG] Fr. Thomas Berg ..., 16 Aug 2008 [cached]
[IMG] Fr. Thomas Berg Father Thomas Berg, L.C., Ph.D. [IMG]
Fr. Thomas Berg was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.He is a priest of the Legionaries of Christ in the Archdiocese of New York, and is Executive Director of the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person.He received his doctorate in Philosophy from Rome's Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in 1999.He specializes in natural law theory, personhood theory, and biomedical issues dealing with the beginning of life.
For the past three years he has coordinated a working-group of moral theologians, philosophers and scientists in an on-going study of the moral status of the human embryo and the viability of proposed alternatives to embryo-destructive stem cell research.He has published and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Crisis Magazine, and The National Catholic Register.He is co-editor of Human Embryo Adoption: Biotechnology, Marriage, and the Right to Life.He is also a member of the Ethics Committee of New York's Empire State Stem Cell Board.
Fr. Berg is a frequent speaker on a range of topics in the area of moral theology and bioethics, especially those dealing with the moral status of the human embryo, alternatives to embryo-destructive stem cell research, and emerging biotechnologies.He has appeared on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, on the PBS program "Nova Science Now" and on the Fox News Channel's Geraldo at Large.
He is also a guest lecturer on these topics, including engagements in 2008 at Ave Maria School of Law and Notre Dame Law School.
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