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Should not have been treated as "things" in the first place

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Oct 27, 2003

The wisdom of the Church in prohibiting artificial means of conception is clear. Read the article linked below. While I admire the women's desire to bear their children to birth and their view that the frozen embryos are not just clumps of cells, but are human beings, if they themselves had not viewed the children as commodities to be produced in the lab first, they wouldn't have been in this mess.

No one has a right to interfere in procreation, either in artificially preventing it or artificially prodding it. Otherwise, we buy into the view that other human beings are useful products to be created, used, or discarded as we wish. The Catholic view is the only humane one: All human beings are precious and sacred. They are the children of God, created in His image and likeness, and worth more than all gold and silver combined because they were purchased by the Sacrifice of the Cross.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 28, 2003 11:27 AM ET USA

    The debate on the permissibility of implantation of embryos once created illicitly through IVF is still wide open. In fact the only article on the topic in L'Osservatore Romano (1996) gave reasons why "embryo adoption" would be permissible. It is referred to here: VATICAN SOLUTION TO LEFT OVER EMBRYO DILEMMA IS LITTLE KNOWN John-Henry Westen Editor

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 27, 2003 7:52 PM ET USA

    The problem with modern "practical" theology is that it treats fallen man as though he was someone who merely needs to be "adjusted" rather than converted. We think we can change the tree without radical death and regeneration. If the heart is truly changed...

  • Posted by: - Oct. 27, 2003 5:10 PM ET USA

    More than 20 years ago, Malcolm Muggeridge noted: "It was the Catholic Church's firm stand against contraception and abortion which finally made me decide to become a Catholic...The Church's stand is absolutely correct. It is to its eternal honour that it opposed contraception...I think, historically, people will say it was a very gallant effort to prevent a moral disaster..." Precisely.