Monsignor Elio Sgreccia, the Vatican's top official on bioethical questions, said in an interview with Vatican Radio on Saturday that the method of making stem cells devised by scientists at Advanced Cell Technology Inc. in Alameda, Calif., remains an in-vitro form of reproduction, which the church opposes. "That, from a point of view that is not only Catholic, but from a point of view of bioethic reasons, is a negative factor," said Sgreccia, who heads the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Church teaching holds that in-vitro fertilization is morally wrong because it replaces the conjugal union between husband and wife and often results in the destruction of embryos. Artificial insemination for married couples is allowable if it "facilitates" the sex act but does not replace it. The church condemns all forms of experimentation on human embryos.
Gee, how shocked the scientists all must be. Here they were pumping women with estrogen and progesterone to retrieve thousands of embryos so they could pull out one cell, make new people, put the other people back in the dish in the refrigerators in the labs to throw them away when they get too old - - and here the Catholic Church still isn't satisfied.
Remind us again.
What person has been cured by creating people to destroy them?