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Red BallCritical Decisions: Genetic Testing and its Implications
National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference
This statement is the second in a series designed to show how religion and science can offer complementary insights on complex topics like the emerging biotechnologies. It is offered to people of science and of faith, indeed, to all those concerned with the moral implications of humanity’s new knowledge and power
March 1996

Red BallWhat is an Embryo?
Some proponents of destructive embryo research try to deny moral status to all early human embryos. They have coined the term "pre-embryo" to describe human embryos in the first two weeks of development, seeking to justify destructive experimentation during this early stage. However, the term and concept of "pre-embryo" has never been accepted by Congress, the National Institutes of Health's Human Embryo Research Panel, or the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and is rejected by contemporary textbooks on embryology
February 26, 1998

Red BallDoes Human Cloning Produce An Embryo?
euphemisms and misleading or inaccurate terms ("totipotent cell", "clump of embryonic cells", "unfertilized oocyte", etc.) have entered the political discussion. They are employed to conceal the fact that researchers want to be allowed to use cloning to produce and destroy human embryos. Biotechnology groups claim to oppose the cloning of "human beings" or ";persons"–but they reserve the right to conduct cloning experiments on human embryos and fetuses, so long as none is allowed to survive to live birth. Fortunately, one can cut through the political evasions by looking at the professional literature–including writings by those who support cloning of embryos for research purposes
March 31, 1998

Red BallWould A Ban on Human Cloning Block Stem Cell Research?
The claim that human embryo cloning is needed to advance promising medical research in cancer, degenerative diseases, etc. is simply false
April 20, 1998

Red BallHuman Cloning Debate Raises Pro-Life Issues
The use of cloning to produce "Dolly" the sheep has prompted a public debate about cloning humans. This issue has quickly become linked with the issues of abortion and embryo research
February 9, 1998

Red BallScientific Experts Agree: Embryonic Stem Cells Are Unnecessary for Medical Progress
National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference
Quotes from researchers regarding the use of embryonic stem cells
April 27, 2000

Red BallAddress to the International Congress
on Organ Transplants

Pope John Paul II
December 2, 1999

Red BallMessage to the Pontifical Academy of Science
on Evolution

John Paul II
October 22, 1996

Red BallHumani Generis
Pope Pius XII
Encyclical concerning some false opinions threatening to undermine the foundations of Catholic doctrine
August 12, 1950

Red BallEvolution: A Catholic Perspective
James B. Stenson
a specialist in the history of evolution theory, explains the Catholic position on evolution and explains the modern state of evolution theory, which has abandoned many previously held hypotheses
March, 1984

Red BallMolecular Biology and Evolution: The Crisis and the Challenge
Thomas B. Fowler, SC.D.
article was taken from the Summer 1993 issue of "Faith & Reason"

Red BallMedia Twists Papal Statement on Evolution
Michael S. Rose
In response to a CWN news story about Pope John Paul's statement regarding the theory of evolution–a statement which also provoked heavy coverage in the secular media–several readers have asked for more details. Following this analysis by Michael Rose, extensive excerpts from the Holy Father's remarks on the subject are reproduced

Red BallThe Promise and Peril of Genetic Screening
National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference
This statement is the third in a series designed to show how science and religion can offer complementary insights on complex topics like the emerging biotechnologies. It is offered to people of science and of faith, indeed, to all those concerned with the moral implications of humanity’s new knowledge and power
March 1996

Red BallTalking Points: "Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Involving Human Pluripotent Stem Cells"
National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference
The National Institutes of Health has issued draft guidelines under which, for the first time in history, our federal government will officially approve and regulate the destruction of innocent human life for research purposes. The guidelines instruct researchers in how to harvest versatile "stem cells" from living week-old human embryos, a procedure which kills the embryos. They also establish standards for harvesting similar cells from dead unborn children following induced abortions–a practice that has its own increasingly visible moral problems
December 2, 1999