Friday, 12 December 2008

Vatican condemns human cloning

The Vatican released a 32-page document entitled "Dignitas Personae" (Latin for "the dignity of a person") condemning many practices of stem cell research, human cloning and unnatural forms of impregnation.

Its premise is that "the dignity of a person must be recognized in every human being from conception to natural death." The fundamental ethical criterion as spelled out in a previous document, Instruction Donum vitae, states that
Thus the fruit of human generation, from the first moment of its existence, that is to say, from the moment the zygote has formed, demands the unconditional respect that is morally due to the human being in his bodily and spiritual totality. The human being is to be respected and treated as a person from the moment of conception; and therefore from that same moment his rights as a person must be recognized, among which in the first place is the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life.
Unacceptable practices include:
  • in-vitro fertillisation
  • research in and use of embryonic stem cells
  • post-fertilization birth control methods
  • surrogate motherhood
  • human cloning, both reproductive and therapeutic
  • freezing embryos for use in artificial fertilisation
  • pre-implantation diagnosis of embryos to avoid genetic defects, or select for gender or other qualities
  • reduction of implanted embryos to prevent multiple births
  • intracytoplasmic sperm injection to overcome male fertility problems
  • germ line cell therapy to modify genes transmitted to offspring
  • use of human biological material of illicit origin, such as experimentation on human embryos
  • promotion of natural fertility including hormone treatment and surgery for endometriosis or obstructed fallopian tubes
  • use of stem cells obtained from adult organisms, umbilical cord blood or foetuses dead by natural causes
  • research into the prevention of sterility

Related articles:
Humans not mere cells (ST, 12 Dec 2008)
In the news today (blogger comments, 13 Dec 2008)

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At Mon Dec 29, 01:54:00 pm 2008 , Blogger Thy Word Is Truth said...

Fact: "The Catholic Church teaches "theistic evolution", a stand that accepts evolution as a scientific theory and sees no reason why God could not have used a natural evolutionary process in the forming of the human species."

According to the Vatican, God made something and it evolved into a man. Based on this kind of teaching and theology, the fact that Vatican condemned human cloning is a bit of irony.

According to Vatican, did God made man ? No, man evolved.

According to the Bible, did God made man ? Of course !

So is the Vatican on the side of truth ? Of course not. So based on Vatican's position on theistic evolution,what is the big deal on human cloning ?

At Sat Jan 03, 05:58:00 pm 2009 , Blogger Timothy P said...

Thanks for your comment. Here is the full statement of Pope John Paul II on faith and evolution, issued in 1996.

The challenge with theistic evolution is that not only does the Roman Catholic church accept this view, but also many mainline Christian and Jewish churches/denominations, and other religious groups.

See the Wikipedia definition of theistic evolution for a good summary discussion of the topic and proponents, criticisms, etc.

Also see Bert Thompson's article, "What's Wrong with Theistic Evolution?" at Apologetics Press.

As for this statement by the Vatican on human cloning, I am encouraged by it in that the Catholic Church has emerged to make a defined stance against such processes, as has key Christian groups and leaders. We need to engage and confront culture (including technology and science) where need be, upholding God's truths and bringing glory to His name.


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