Ever since the first human embryonic stem-cell lines were established in 1998, the Catholic Church has maintained that this type of research was ethically unacceptable.. therefore exposing the Church to harsh criticism, with critics claiming the Catholic Church is opposed to scientific progress. Yet embryonic stem-cell therapies have yet to make it out of the garage, while clinical applications of morally acceptable adult stem cells are reported in the scientific literature regularly.
According to data from the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer globally, resulting in an estimated 17.3 million deaths in 2008 alone. Such a mind-boggling number may make it difficult to appreciate the fact that each death means the loss of a human person, and a painful vacuum left in the lives of loved ones.
There are elements of the book of Genesis that the Big Bang theory does not explain. This video by Goya Production explores significant evidence by theologians and scientists that tells us why creation is compatible with the theory of evolution.
It is now all but certain that human embryonic stem cells will not deliver cures to dread diseases. Several Scientific reports have shown that the results of adult stem cell research are far in front of those research conducted with embryonic stem cells. So why was there such a huge push to legalise the use human embryonic stem cells for science? Visit this article by Michael Cook of MercatorNet for more.
Publication in a leading psychiatry journal did not prevent a barrage of criticism for the author of a study showing the mental health risks of abortion. In this article, MercatorNet interviews Priscilla K. Coleman, the author of a major study with hotly-contested findings about abortion and mental health.
Many people think that science and religion are in conflict with one another - but this isn't true! In fact, some of the greatest scientists in history were priests - one of them being St. Albert the Great! Watch this video to reflect on the message of St. Albert, as we celebrate his feast day on 15 November.
Through its ups and downs, the relationship between science and faith has always been interesting. For experts like Werner Arber, the connection is simply part of his job. Find out more about the Vatican's Academy of Sciences in this video!
The Vatican is holding a three day conference to promote research using adult stem cells. Different scientists, stem cell companies, and health ministers are meeting in Rome to gain support of different policy makers.
New biotechnologies raise questions in the fields of medicine, economics, ethics and philosophy, and the Vatican plans to look at all of them during a three-day conference devoted to adult stem-cell research, officials said.
International family-planning groups continue to distribute the contraceptive Depo-Provera in Africa, despite new evidence that the drug doubles women’s risks of contracting the HIV virus, the Vatican newspaper notes. The continued promotion of Depo-Provera by international groups, argues L’Osservatore Romano, is: “Confirmation that the health of women in the third world is not their first priority.”
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