CNA reports that Pope Benedict XVI has issued a plea to all scientists today to stop using human embryos for research because it violates their God-given human dignity. He made his appeal specifically to South Korea, which has been in the international spotlight for its burgeoning bio-medical field over the last couple years, particularly in the area of stem-cell research.
Pope Benedict was adamant in condemning the destruction and manipulation of embryonic humans: “discoveries in this field invite man to a deeper awareness of the weighty responsibilities involved in their application,” and “under no circumstances may a human being be manipulated or treated as a mere instrument for experimentation.”
He continued his warning saying, “[t]he destruction of human embryos, whether to acquire stem-cells or for any other purpose, contradicts the purported intent of researchers, legislators and public health officials to promote human welfare.”
Making sure that people realize that the he is not against all forms of stem-cell research, the Pope pointed out that the Church does not hesitate to approve and encourage somatic stem-cell research: not only because of the favorable results obtained through these alternative methods, but more importantly because they harmonize with the aforementioned intent by respecting the life of the human being at every stage of his or her existence.”