Geneticist who discovered cause of Down Syndrome was fierce opponent of abortion.
A Catholic physician and geneticist who was responsible for scientifically explaining Down Syndrome has gotten a step closer to being declared a saint of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis on Thursday authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree concerning the heroic virtues of Jérôme Lejeune (1926-1994). He now will be referred to as Venerable Jérôme Lejeune.
The Archdiocese of Paris, where Lejeune died, opened the cause for his beatification and canonization in 2007. The diocesan inquiry was carried out by Dom Jean-Charles Nault, Abbot of the Benedictine abbey of St. Wandrille. After the case was sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican, Aude Dugast became the postulator of the cause.
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