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Vatican to release new instructions on bioethics

CWN - February 04, 2011

The Pontifical Council for Health Care is preparing a new version of its “Charter for Health Care Workers,” offering guidance on issues like stem-cell research and reproductive technology.

The new guidelines are need to help health-care workers in a confrontation with a “culture of death,” said Bishop José Redrado, the secretary of the Pontifical Council. He said that the new document would help to explain “where the frontiers are—where there is a risk of crossing the line.”

The undersecretary of the Pontifical Council, Msgr. Jean-Marie Mpendawatu, added that the new document could help clear up “mystification” on complex issues at the forefront of medical technology, notably including the use of stem cells and reproductive technologies.

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