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Holy Birth Control! Vatican Issues Instructions on Bioethics


Hoping to catch the attention of Roman Catholics, doctors, scientists, and lawmakers, the Vatican has issued a 32-page instruction document on bioethics. The Church's steadfast pro-life position, that all life is sacred including an embryo, informs the document "Dignitas Personae" (The Dignity of the Person).

Some positions include:

  • On in vitro fertilization, human cloning, genetic testing of embryos before implantation: These procedures violate the principle that every human life is sacred, and that children should be conceived only through sex by a married couple.
  • On stem cell research: Research should not be done on embryos, but using cells derived from adults, blood from umbilical cords, or from fetuses “who have died of natural causes” is acceptable.

To find out what the Church thinks about the morning-after pill and freezing embryos,

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  • On the morning after pill: The morning-after pill, the IUD, and RU 486, can result in what amounts to abortions.
  • On freezing embryos: It exposes embryos to potential damage and manipulation, and raises the problem of what to do with frozen embryos that are not implanted.

In an age where medical technology rapidly advances, the Church could play a crucial role in reflecting on how to preserve human dignity. Of course, the Church is only one participant in the dialogue, and disagreement with its positions allows society to sort through the murky waters of bioethics.

Do you think the document offers a useful perspective, or should families, lawmakers, and scientist ignore everything they have to say?

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UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
" Personally, I am in favor of the gene pool being lifeguarded." :rotfl: If only we could...
stephley stephley 7 years
But to say to vote for someone who believes in choice is a sin opens a real crazy box of worms. You can't actually make a true confession if you aren't sorry that you voted for the person. And then what if you vote for someone who supports the death penalty for a wide range of things? The Church has said death as punishment should be used very rarely. I did a three hour interview with the priest who wrote a recommendation for me to adopt from Catholic Charities. He was a pastor who taught at the Catholic University in DC. We actually had more differences over of confession versus therapy than we did over choice.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 7 years
And Biden has had controversy around his faith for awhile.. he had a 1 hour private meeting with Pope John Paul.. so I bet he went to him for guidance and figures the rest who pipe up is just noise.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 7 years
That bishop was saying that they shouldn't take communion if they voted for Obama until they had gone to confession, confessed their sins and asked for forgiveness and penance. You should only receive the very body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ if you are penitent and without mortal sin.To receive the Eucharist without sanctifying grace in your soul puts your soul in danger since it is an insult to the sacrament. So the bishop was warning that a vote for Obama was a mortal sin and that you should confess before you took communion or you would be insulting the Lord and risking your eternal soul by disrespecting the Eucharist.
karenpanna karenpanna 7 years
So as long as the US doesn't mix church and state, I'm happy with "going to H*ll". There are too many homeless and orphaned children in world who deserve loving homes. Also, I feel that stupid people should be prevented from procreating as much as possible. Personally, I am in favor of the gene pool being lifeguarded.
stephley stephley 7 years
And if all those Catholics can't take communion, then all those Catholics aren't going to be dropping donations in the plate on Sunday. And if Catholics who voted for Obama can't go to communion because he supports the right to choose, shouldn't people who voted for Bush, who opened Guantanamo (which certainly violates the dignity of the person), be subject to something more severe?? Guidance and discussion is fine, beyond that, it really should be up to the individual.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 7 years
Stephley- I don't know if you were responding to me, but also (and here I show my utter lack of knowledge on Catholic hierarchy) what was happening was that the head guy/Bishop(?) for the whole district was advising against allowing people who voted for Obama to take communion, but then said that it was up to each Priest/church to decide what to advise their followers. And the churches were kind of split on what to do. Which did confuse me, because I didn't realize there was ever an issue where the Catholic church said the local churches could choose what to do. Then again, if 33% of your followers even identify more as "social justice" Catholics and voted for Obama, they can't take communion. And if just voting for Obama means you can't take communion, I'd imagine there are so many other transgressions these days that Catholics commit- how many of them are ever able to take communion?
stephley stephley 7 years
It seems to me if the Church was so definitive in its stance, then there wouldn't be some bishops threatening people and others not. If the Church announced that it meant "absolutely, positively", there'd be no room for doubt or disagreement. But the Church isn't about to risk the loss of millions of members and a loss of its political power.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
""On freezing embryos: It exposes embryos to potential damage and manipulation, and raises the problem of what to do with frozen embryos that are not implanted."" that is a good point, and i can see the logic in some of what the vatican is saying, although i am not religious at all. of course our society is probably not ready to be so anti-birth control. obviously creating embryos for any kind of research is wrong, if thats what they are talking about. although i don't think many would follow these guielines just for the sake of being inline with the church, the vatican obviously has access to media outlets and can share its ideas for us all to contemplate. i agree, that photo is sorta creepy! i
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 7 years
Ima- unfortunately, Biden's interpretation of separation of church and state isn't necessarily acceptable to the Catholic church. Now, I don't know the Vatican's position on this, but our local diocese was telling its members that if they voted for Obama and Biden they could not longer take communion, because of Obama's pro-life stance. There has been a lot of discussion on it.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 7 years
"I dunno know why the Church decided to release this particular document now, Anna. Maybe it has something to do with American politicians who are Catholic incorrectly interpreting the Catholic doctrine on these issues (notably, Biden and Pelosi)?" I don't know about Pelosi..but what I liked about Biden was that he conceded that he is willing to believe along with his faith that life begins at conception. But that is a religious belief not a scientific accepted fact so therefore it is not his entitlement to use his politician position to push his personal religious based belief on others. He was hired to represent all Americans..not just those who agree with him religiously. He believes in the separation of church and state. If only they all had that attitude.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Meh, I have a hard time listening to an organization which once sold get-out-of-hell passes for cash.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 7 years
Ok.. let me tell you what I have learned being a non denom Christian who married a catholic whose mom was raised in Spain by nuns. Cause I was shocked..shocked at the enormity of it!! The church is against ALL forms of birth control from withdrawal to rhythm to pills to sterilization. All forms of birth control is a sin..some bigger then others (mortally sinful, others say venially) because the sole purpose of sex is procreation. The "purpose" of marriage is procreation. It is a SIN for a husband and wife to have sex unless for the SOLE purpose of procreation..if you do anything to prevent or interfere with the possibility of a child being the result of the sexual act.. it is a SIN! Think of all the sinning you have done ladies.. even with your hubby!! :)
Meike Meike 7 years
[I'm not religious and have never been and I do not agree with all medical advancements that are going on but I would never let a bunch of old guys tell me how to live my life. If you believe in God isn't he supposed to be the one to judge you?] Indeed, that is what the bible teaches. "Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone". No one is sinless. Live your life as you believe but don't judge those whose lifestyles oppose yours and do not harm anyone's but their own. [This church is still opposing condoms (and spreading lies about them) in countries where AIDS is very widespread. I say take charge of you own life and you own thoughts on right and wrong, you don't need a church to decide that for you.] I am no longer Catholic due to its doctrines which are basically just the human interpretation of select members of the Vatican.
stephley stephley 7 years
Sarana, I think having a spiritual community is an okay thing-churches tend to go wrong when people assign roles in the community that include 'you're the one who decides everything for the rest of us' and 'I'll shut up and do as I'm told'.
Sarana Sarana 7 years
That photo alone gives me the creeps. This whole Church just seems so wrong. I'm not religious and have never been and I do not agree with all medical advancements that are going on but I would never let a bunch of old guys tell me how to live my life. If you believe in God isn't he supposed to be the one to judge you? This church is still opposing condoms (and spreading lies about them) in countries where AIDS is very widespread. I say take charge of you own life and you own thoughts on right and wrong, you don't need a church to decide that for you.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 7 years
How is specifying that children must be born to married parents considered bioethics? I don't understand how the church can claim to be so pro-life, yet oppose research on stem cells? They are discovering new medical uses everyday for stem cells. I'm not trying to disparage anyone's beliefs, but I don't think the Vatican's opinion is extremely relevant right now when it comes to debates in bioethics. Considering the morning after pill, and the IUD as forms of abortion is extreme, and as Steph pointed out, many American Catholics reject these beliefs on a personal level now. And banning the use of in vitro? That's just cold. It seems less like they care about people, or life, and more like they just care about following some pedagogical rules that have little to no biblical basis.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
"I guess I could use natural tree bark if it were sanded well..." baaaah. That just gave me a really bad mental picture... :faint:
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
"I guess I could use natural tree bark if it were sanded well..." baaaah. That just gave me a really bad mental picture... :faint:
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
Don't do this, don't do that or you will die and burn in hell. I'm really glad that my parents aren't religious.
stephley stephley 7 years
The thing is Mydia, there is a liberal wing and conservative wing of the Church - and things do change. I was at a religion class with my daughter the other night, and was pretty amazed at the presentation of the 10 Commandments - talk about wiggle room. A couple of feminist nuns convinced me some time ago that it's our Church too and to be careful of letting Church politics mess with your basic faith.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
Yeah no turkey baster for you. Sorry :( I was raised catholic, went to 16 years of catholic school, and now a crap load about the Bible and Church doctrine. I honestly can't with a good conscience even pretend to be Catholic anymore when I disagree so much with so much of their doctrines and dogma. Its sad really.
stephley stephley 7 years
Then go in peace my child... :pray:
jnj213 jnj213 7 years
I just wanted to apologize for my original comment, I went to Catholic high school (I was never raised Catholic) and it gave me a very horrible impression of the Catholic church. I realize this is not representative of all Catholics but having a teacher say not raising your child catholic is the same as letting your child run in the street as a car is coming, is just a horrible thing. I personally disagree with a lot of the doctrines of the Catholic Church and feel the church is often hypocritical.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
:rotfl: I guess I could use natural tree bark if it were sanded well...
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