The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is discouraging its parochial schools from participating in the now famous 'ice bucket challenge," a fundraiser for ALS.

The problem is monies raised for research go towards embryonic stem cell research that is in direct conflict with the church's teachings. The students and staff were told they can still raise funds by dumping ice and water over willing participants, but the monies raised should be given to organizations that are looking for a cure to ALS without embryonic stem cell usage.

An ALS Association spokesperson says the group funds one study involving embryonic stem cells, but donors can direct their funds to go elsewhere. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes paralysis and eventually death.

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