ZENIT News Agency, The World Seen from Rome
Human Embryos Not Objects, Say Europe's Bishops
Destructive Research Does Not Respect Life
BRUSSELS, JUNE 2, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Research that requires the destruction
embryos is "not compatible with human dignity," say the bishops of Europe.
The bishops made this statement following the adoption of the budget
and technology development for 2007-2013 by the Industry, Research and Energy
Committee of the European Union, which allows for funding for research on embryonic
The budget, which forms part of the report on the Seventh Framework
Program, will be
submitted for a final vote during the next plenary session in Strasbourg, on June
"We reiterate our objection to EU-funding of research implying the destruction
human embryos," said the communiqu? of the Executive Committee of the Commission of
the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community.
"Such research raises fundamental ethical and anthropological concerns,"
The statement continues: "Treating the human embryo as an object for
research is not
compatible with human dignity.
"The EU should concentrate its joint research efforts on the many other
areas of research, also in other kinds of stem cell research, which offer promise.
"By taking such a decision the EU would show that it respects the fundamental
and grounds upon which some member states prohibit or restrict this research out of
respect for the inviolability of human life and its dignity."
The communiqu? is signed by the following prelates:
Bishop Adrianus van Luyn
Bishop of Rotterdam
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin
Bishop Piotr Jarecki
Auxiliary Bishop of Warsaw