by Steven Ertelt
March 26, 2007
Warsaw, Poland (LifeNews.com) — Peter Singer, the controversial Princeton professor whose pro-infanticide views leave people in disbelief, has been invited to participate in a Catholic conference in Poland. The pro-life Poles haven’t invited Singer because they share his beliefs, but they hope his participation will open a dialog leading to his conversion.
The Polish Catholic Information Agency is helping organize the seventh gathering of Catholic organizations in Gniezno, Poland.
Marcin Przeciszewski, a representative of the group, talked with Catholic World News about Singer’s participation.
"We invited Singer not so that he could propagate his views, but so that we may engage him in public discussion," he said.
Polish moral theologian Father Pawel Bortkiewicz also discussed the invitation with the Catholic news service.
"Singer is the icon of the dark night in bioethics. He is a very controversial figure who however cannot be ignored," Bortkiewicz said. "While I am angered by his views, I would willingly discuss them with him."
Singer came under international condemnation when he announced he favors killing disabled babies via infanticide. Though he was blasted from both sides of the political spectrum, the so-called ethicist still holds to the position.
In an interview with The Independent newspaper in England last September, Singer said he would definitely kill a disabled newborn baby.
He indicated he would do so "if that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole."
Singer said he found it surprising that abortion advocates would disagree with his views saying, "Many people find this shocking, yet they support a woman’s right to have an abortion."
Meanwhile, he claimed he had one point of common beliefs with pro-life advocates.
"One point on which I agree with opponents of abortion is that, from the point of view of ethics rather than the law, there is no sharp distinction between the fetus and the newborn baby," Singer explained.
However, Singer’s view is that, instead of legal protection, both disabled babies and the unborn deserve death.