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Stem Cell Go-Ahead Puts Obama at Odds With Pope
Reuters ^ | Mar 10, 2009 | Philip Pullella

Posted on 03/10/2009 4:03:04 PM PDT by kellynla

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's lifting of restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research puts him at odds with Pope Benedict and the American Roman Catholic Church.

After Obama signed the order on Monday, the Vatican and U.S. Church leaders condemned the move. One commentator said the test of "a real democracy" was its defense of the most defenseless.

Obama's executive order reversed and repudiated restrictions placed on the research by his predecessor, George W. Bush, freeing labs across the country to start working with the cells, which can give rise to any kind of cell in the body.

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committee on pro-life activities, called Obama's decision "a sad victory of politics over science and ethics."

"This action is morally wrong because it encourages the destruction of innocent human life, treating vulnerable human beings as mere products to be harvested," he added.

The Catholic Church, other religious groups and pro-life advocates oppose such research -- which scientists hope can lead to cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's -- because it involves the destruction of embryos.

The Catholic Church supports adult stem cell research, which has made advances in recent years, because it does not involve the destruction of embryos.

An article in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on Tuesday said "a real democracy" should be founded on protection of human dignity in every phase of its existence.

Separately, Osservatore's editor-in-chief Gian Maria Vian told an Italian newspaper that Obama "cannot claim a monopoly on being the Good Samaritan" by saying he supports embryonic stem cell research in order to help alleviate human suffering.

"Does that mean those who oppose embryonic stem cell research want to prolong human suffering?" Vian said.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: babykiller; bho44; bhostemcells; catholics; catholicvote; cultureofdeath; obama; pope; pureevil; stemcellresearch; vatican

1 posted on 03/10/2009 4:03:05 PM PDT by kellynla
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To: Salvation; NYer; narses; A.A. Cunningham

ping


2 posted on 03/10/2009 4:03:32 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

The Pope has my blessing to curse Ears


3 posted on 03/10/2009 4:03:57 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: kellynla

Like Obama cares


4 posted on 03/10/2009 4:04:34 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: kellynla

Probably makes him feel like a big man.


5 posted on 03/10/2009 4:06:32 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (May Obama go the way of my ex-governor Blagojevich - and soon! (At least Blago was good for laughs!))
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To: netmilsmom

Like any muslim would care what the Pope thinks. ;-)


6 posted on 03/10/2009 4:10:03 PM PDT by doc1019 (… and a child shall lead them)
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To: doc1019

Touche!


7 posted on 03/10/2009 4:10:58 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: kellynla

I wonder what Allah thinks about this?


8 posted on 03/10/2009 4:13:28 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have elected the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" to be POTUS.)
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To: kellynla

He also ENDED Pres. Bush’s order FOR SUPPORT of ADULT STEM CELL research....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2203672/posts


9 posted on 03/10/2009 4:16:34 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Conservative and fighting for freedom and liberty....whether you like it or not.)
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To: kellynla
Stem Cell Go-Ahead Puts Obama at Odds With Pope

Like a muslim disagreeing with the Pope is something new.

10 posted on 03/10/2009 4:17:22 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012!)
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To: doc1019

exactly. Not only that, I believe B. Hussein is anti-catholic anyway. Just my opinion.


11 posted on 03/10/2009 4:17:43 PM PDT by Cap'n Crunch (Rush Limbaugh, the Winston Churchill of our time)
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To: kellynla
YO Obama... god Pictures, Images and Photos
12 posted on 03/10/2009 4:22:51 PM PDT by philly-d-kidder (Those who know the truth, no explanation is needed. those who refuse 2 know, no explanation is enuf!)
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To: goodnesswins

Oh! I didn’t know that.
Thanks for the link.


13 posted on 03/10/2009 4:27:44 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

That One has always been at odds with the Pope.


14 posted on 03/10/2009 4:27:46 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: kellynla
The Catholic Church, other religious groups and pro-life advocates oppose such research -- which scientists hope can lead to cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's -- because it involves the destruction of embryos.

Scientists hope can lead to cures for blah, blah, blah.

Nonsense. What they want to do legitimize abortion by association.

Here's a few reasons I give that they want to restart embryo research.

(a)As I stated, the legitimization of abortion.
(b)Grant money.
(c)To make money.
(d)To make more money.

Here's an open ended question.

When was the last time a cure was discovered for an illness? Not treating symptomology, but an actually cure?

15 posted on 03/10/2009 4:28:57 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse (unite)
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To: He Rides A White Horse

actual cure, apologies.


16 posted on 03/10/2009 4:29:55 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse (unite)
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To: kellynla

Obama is telling the Pope that he is not as popular as Dear Leader. After all, Obama won.


17 posted on 03/10/2009 4:30:21 PM PDT by dforest
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To: kellynla

How dare the Pope criticize the Magic Zer0!......the benevolent well.


18 posted on 03/10/2009 4:46:17 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: kellynla

The Pope is SO closed minded
(paraphrased quote from Queen Pelosi)


19 posted on 03/10/2009 4:47:03 PM PDT by free-n-TX (He's NOT MY PRESIDENT!)
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To: free-n-TX

I hope the Catholics who voted for odumbo are feeling guilty now


20 posted on 03/10/2009 5:03:59 PM PDT by italianquaker ( Something stinks in DC, oh it is just B.O)
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To: kellynla
Obama to Fund Research with 100% Failure Rate !
21 posted on 03/10/2009 5:17:37 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: kellynla

Does anyone believe he cares? Christians are not of his concern. Look to his father.


22 posted on 03/10/2009 5:19:07 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Salvation
And here I was thinking that the Clintons were tools of evil. I had been giving obama the benefit of doubt until he did this. The Clintons have been knocked off of their throne.
23 posted on 03/10/2009 5:44:37 PM PDT by GBA
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To: GBA

The Clintons were merely dissolute crooks. Obama is what I’ve been dreading since GW was reelected.


24 posted on 03/10/2009 7:26:37 PM PDT by Niuhuru (Fine, here's my gun, but let me give you the bullets first. I'll send them to you through the barrel)
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