Skip to comments.Vatican fires off warning to Barack Obama over stem cell research
Posted on 11/12/2008 2:11:08 PM PST by NYer
The Vatican has fired a warning shot over the bows of Barack Obama in response to the President-elect's intention to lift the US ban on embryonic stem cell research.
Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who acts as the Vatican health minister, said that stem cells taken from human embryos and involving the destruction of the embryos "serve no purpose".
Asked whether the Vatican was concerned about reports that Mr Obama might reverse the Bush Administration's ban, the cardinal said that embryonic stem cell research had not resulted in any significant health cure so far and was "good for nothing".
Research on adult stem cells and umbliical cords had been shown to have "positive value", by contrast, although even that was not "a panacea for everything."He said the Vatican would seek clarification of the new administration's position on stem cells, and he himself was not "fully aware" what it was.
Aides to Mr Obama indicated this week that he will reverse Mr Bush's stand on stem cell research. The US Senate voted in July to remove restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, but the President vetoed the legislation the following day.
Mr Obama has supported stem cell research to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's. His views are supported by Joe Biden, the Vice-President-elect, who is a Roman Catholic.
John Podesta, who is handling the President-elect's preparations to take over in the White House on January 20, said Mr Obama wanted "all the Bush executive orders reviewed".
He added: "I think across the board, on stem cell research, on a number of areas, you see the Bush administration even today moving aggressively to do things that I think are probably not in the interest of the country."
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Like Bambi gives a s**t!
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The new fuhrer will be in blood up to his elbows to buy votes.
His response to the the Vatican will be a big middle finger.
Get used to it, folks.
"good for nothing".
Sounds like Obambis administration motto....
Don’t worry, Bambi...the CINOs who voted for you have your back.
Too little too late Pope B. The Vatican let American bishops go wobbly on abortion for years in order to keep the Sunday collections coming in. With 0bama wining 55% of the Catholic vote, the Vatican has no pull.
Obama subscribes to black liberation theology, and the racist rantings of his former minister, who inspired the title of his stupid, egotistical “Audacity” book. So I doubt Obama will give a damn about what the Vatican says.
Still, I think it is great that the Vatican is immediately calling his stem cell plan exactly what it is.
I believe it will be two days after Obama is sworn in.
Want to bet that Obama sticks it to us and signs an EO on that day against life. It is so much in his play book. He made sure that he accepted the nomination of his party on the anniversay of Dr King's, I Have A Dream speech.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but pseudo-Christian crypto-Muslim athiests don’t really pay much heed to the Vatican.
Like Bambi gives a s**t!
I think all the starry-eyed, brain-dead liberals are going to be very shocked when they find out just how little this radical cares about the people in this country, in reality. His quest for monolithic socialist power trumps all -—
I see the anti-Catholic bigots still show up here and there on FR. Interesting.
The Pope should send those Vatican guards in the colorful suits and large hats over to “attack” America, like in the Peter Sellers movie.
So I doubt Obama will give a damn about what the Vatican says.
I would agree, and it is good that he is already alienating world political/religous powers. Most authoritarian radical socialists do that. With the exception of Islamic fascists.
Embryonic stem cell research is failed science.Other sources of stem cells have actually yielded results.
Obama is just giving a nod to the mass murderers of the multi-billion dollar abortion industry who gave him money.
Like the messiah really cares about dead babies.
“Right to Die” is popping up now with a call for “Safe Suicide”. This is going to be a losing battle with people who believe there's such a thing as safe suicides and safe abortions.
Obamanation is at odds with the Church of Jesus Christ. Could it be his Muslim faith?
THERE IS NO US BAN on embryonic stem cell research. There is a LIMITATION on the use of federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research -- STILL not a ban as even federal tax dollars are available for research on embryonic stem cells from specific existing lines at the time of W's EO..
I’m reminded of Stalin, who when reminded of the Pope’s displeasure said; “The Pope you say...how many divisions does he have?”
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