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Why the Catholic church can't ignore science

06th February, 2009. by Lawrence Krauss

IN DECEMBER, with great fanfare, the Vatican released Dignitas Personae, its latest report on bioethics. Sad to say, the document demonstrates once more that a morality rooted in outdated, pre-scientific understanding is not appropriate to modern realities.

I refer not to the hot-button issues of abortion or stem cell research but to the Catholic church's continued opposition to a decidedly pro-life medical intervention: in vitro fertilisation. The moral basis of the Vatican's opposition seems to be twofold: that only conception achieved through the sexual union of a man and a woman is sacred, and that the fertilised cell that results from such a union has a soul and therefore the dignity of a person.

Even before IVF was attempted, the Catholic church opposed it with the suggestion, as I understand it, that a baby conceived by this metho


Added: Feb-6-2009 Occurred On: Feb-6-2009
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Tags: Roman Catholic Church, Vatican, Pope, The Taliban, Backwardness, Science, Christianity, Faith, Future
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