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Economic Interests Behind Embryonic Stem Cell Research

2009-04-02

Today the updated instruction is tackling controversial 21st century issues like stem cell research. President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Mons. Rino Fisichella defends the Church’s position on these issues against criticism that Catholicism opposes the progress of science.



Mons. Rino Fisichella
President, Pontifical Academy for Life
This document does not interference with scientific discovery, but deals with ethics important to scientists. Because scientific discovery needs to be worthy of being truly scientific for the good of all and not just a few people.

Let’s not forget that Mendel, the father of genetics, was not only a Catholic, he was an abbot, a priest, and those who think that the Catholic Church is opposed to scientific research don’t know our history.

The Church supports scientific development that poses no threat to embryos like adult stem cell research. But the document will face new challenges as the United States government opens the path for embryonic stem cell research.

 


Mons. Rino Fisichella
President, Pontifical Academy for Life
We know today from scientists that adult stem cells have already been used to heal more than 2000 diseases, with embryonic stem cells, zero!

The President of the United States has helped further research on embryonic stem cells that have not led to any result. Probably because of other interests.


Fisichella says the financial crisis is the main interest behind Barack Obama’s executive order lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research.



Mons. Rino Fisichella
President, Pontifical Academy for Life
The interest has to do with the market, the interest is economic. 

We know that after signing the bill lifting the ban, the stocks of the pharmaceutical companies that experiment on embryos, and where millions of dollars have been invested have gone up to the top.

As the new U.S. administration settles into office a new instruction on bioethics settles in the Church. It’s a sign the Dignitas Personae will continue defending human dignity for the times to come.

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