VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Thursday that embryonic stem cell research, artificial insemination and the prospect of human cloning had "shattered" human dignity.
In an address to members of the Vatican department on doctrinal matters, Benedict said the Church had a duty to defend the "great values at stake" in the field of bioethics.
The speech was the latest in a series in which the conservative Pope has told his listeners that scientific progress should not be accepted uncritically.
Its so nice that the Pope is sticking to sound Christian doctrine... I disagree with his pronouncement against artificial insemination, but stem-cell research, as I remember recently, wont be needed anymore... A couple of months ago it was reported that stem cells could be taken from skin! Thats terrific! We wont have to worry about fighting it out with people who want to kill embryos. Human cloning is morally wrong also. The thought that another human being could be made to harvest his organs or use body parts sounds like Nazi Germany!