- It's faith and reason
- "Faith and Reason, Religion and Science" (March 20, 2009)
- Not all Christians are dolts
- "Home Schooling, Religious and Moral Instruction, and American Culture" (March 6, 2010)
I don't think it's a good idea, either.
Now, about stem cell research:
"Vatican-supported stem-cell research at University of Maryland Medical School holds 'great promise' "I'm not surprised that the Holy See is backing stem cell research. Propaganda of the last few centuries notwithstanding, science and Catholicism go 'way back. But then, I've been interested in science since I was a pre-teen, majored in history, and try to sort out facts from opinions.
George P. Matysek Jr., The Catholic Review (Archdiocese of Baltimore) (April 28, 2010)
"Leaders in the scientific and faith communities were optimistic that a new international initiative focused on intestinal stem cell research could yield significant medical advances – without fanning the ethical controversies that surround embryonic stem cell research.
"The International Intestinal Stem Cell Consortium, which has the support of the Vatican, will be led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. It will include scientists from the Vatican’s children’s hospital, several institutes in Italy and the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.
"The partnership was announced April 23 at a news conference in Rome. A second news conference was held April 28 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
"Dr. Alessio Fasano, a UM professor of pediatrics, medicine and physiology and director of the Mucosal Biology Research Center, told The Catholic Review he hopes the consortium research will lead to real treatments for gastrointestinal conditions such as celiac disease and ulcerative colitis...."
More recently, I've had a very personal stake in learning what the Catholic Church teaches about bioethics: ("Prayer, Medicine and Trusting God" (March 4, 2010), for starters)
Donating your organs is a good thing, and encouraged. Taking someone else's organs with that person's permission is not nice, and we shouldn't do it. Killing the donor is worse. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2296) The Catholic Church teaches that even people who don't look just like us are people, too. Even who haven't been born yet. (Catechism, 2270-2275) Calling someone an "embryo" or "formless mass of protoplasm" doesn't make killing that person okay.
At least, that's what the Catholic Church teaches. We're not even allowed to kill ourselves. Which is another topic.
But stem cells from a source that doesn't involve killing someone? Yeah, the Catholic Church is okay with that. A little more than okay with it: we're backing that sort of stem cell research.
Related posts, mostly about stem cells, bioethics, and Catholic beliefs:
- "Copernicus, Galileo, Science and a Reality Check"
(October 26, 2009)
- "Donating Umbilical Cord Blood: Good Idea!"
(June 15, 2009)
- "Organ Transplants, a Boy's Life, and Japanese Laws and Customs: This Catholic's View"
(June 14, 2009)
- "'Hand of Hope' Spinal Bifida Case - Eugenics, Ersatz Compassion, and Life"
(May 6, 2009)
- "Obama's 'No Reproductive Cloning' Promise Doesn't Reassure Me"
(March 9, 2009)
- "Stem Cell Research: Change Some of Us Won't Live With"
(March 9, 2009)
- "Human Clones Possible: Don't Worry, They're Just for Parts and Research"
(February 2, 2009)