Bishops' Latest Stem Cell Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 16, 2008 (Zenit.org). - U.S. bishops noted that stem cell research has captured the imagination of many in our society, but affirmed that the deliberate killing of innocent human beings is gravely immoral.

The prelates addressed the controversy surrounding embryonic stem cell research in a statement approved at their spring meeting.The bishops first explained what stem cells are and why they have generated so much interest in the scientific community.

"Scientists hope these biological building blocks can be directed to produce many types of cells to repair the human body, cure disease, and alleviate suffering," they noted. "But some scientists are most intrigued by stem cells obtained by destroying an embryonic human being in the first week or so of development. Harvesting these 'embryonic stem cells' involves the deliberate killing of innocent human beings, a gravely immoral act."