The Eclectic One

…Because labels are a poor substitute for thinking

Has the Catholic Church learned anything since Galileo?

Posted by Bill Nance on November 11, 2008

Sometimes I wonder.

The Catholic Church continues to attempt to interfere in U.S. Politics and declare as Heresy any deviation from their particular teachings.

This just in:

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”.

Well thank you so much for your profound and no doubt expert medical and scientific advice Cardinal. Of course the fact that you hold no scientific credentials, medical degree nor any qualification whatsoever to have an informed scientific opinion on the issue shouldn’t make us any less ready to accept your verdict as the final say in the matter.

After all, you speak for Holy Mother Church, no doubt far more versed in matters of science than those silly upstarts like The American Medical Association, The Australian Medical Association, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and on, and on, and on…

And of course the record of the Holy Mother Church on matters of science speaks so well of your authority on these matters, no doubt the Obama Administration should just take your word for it.

After all, 4 cells are certainly the exact equivalent of newborn baby. How could we doubt you?


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