Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bishops' document blasts embryonic stem cell research

The Roman Catholic Church has been unwavering in its opposition to embryonic stem cell research, but the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops put it in writing over the weekend during a semi-annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The seven-page document, which passed by a vote of 191 to 1, is the first formal statement regarding embryonic stem cell research released by the bishops.

"It is the church's belief that it is wrong to kill a life to prolong another life," said the Most Rev. Curtis J. Guillory, bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont. "It is wrong to abort fetuses for their stem cells."

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