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India: Bishops speak out against surrogate parenthood

June 23, 2010

The bishops of Kerala-- the southwestern Indian state that has been a center of Catholicism since its evangelization by St. Thomas the Apostle-- are speaking out against a bill that would legalize surrogate parenthood.

“We have an ancient traditional of very holy and stable family system, and [the] introduction of new technologies will destroy it,” said Father Paul Thelekat, spokesman for Kerala’s bishops. “The new reproductive technology is against the moral teaching of the Catholic Church. The act basically questions the fundamentals of marriage and family life.”

“What is possible in science is neither in itself human or moral,” added Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil. “We shall not play God and opt for fabrications of humans at our own designs.”


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