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Catechism on cloning

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Henry Mellin

on 24 October 2013

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Catholic Social Teaching on Cloning
The Catholic Church is in opposition of cloning.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God. - (article 1) 1700
The Magisterium of the Church
Pope John XXII
Pope John Paul II
Scripture Passages
From man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting for human life. - Genesis 9:5
You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth. Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be. - Psalms 139:13-16

The Lord called me from birth, from my mother's womb he gave me my name. . . . And I am made glorious in the sight of the Lord... - Isaiah 49:1-5
Respect for laws inscribed in creation and the relations which derive from the nature of things is a principle of wisdom and a foundation for morality. - 354

Man is the summit of the Creator's work, as the inspired account expresses by clearly distinguishing the creation of man from that of the other creatures. - 343

Without the Creator the creature would disappear ... But when God is forgotten the creature itself grows unintelligible". (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World Gaudium et Spes, 36)
Whatever violates the integrity of the human person, whatever insults human dignity, they are a supreme dishonor to the Creator. - (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World Gaudium et Spes, 27)
This stance is supported by scripture, Catechism, the Magisterium of the Church, and by several popes.
"The transmission of human life is entrusted by nature to a personal and conscious act and as such is subject to the all-holy laws of God: immutable and inviolable laws which must be recognized and observed"(Encyclical Mater et Magistra).
The various techniques of artificial reproduction, which would seem to be at the service of life and which are frequently used with this intention, actually open the door to new threats against life. Apart from the fact that they are morally unacceptable, since they separate procreation from the fully human context of the conjugal act, 14 these techniques have a high rate of failure: not just failure in relation to fertilization but with regard to the subsequent development of the embryo, which is exposed to the risk of death, generally within a very short space of time. Furthermore, the number of embryos produced is often greater than that needed for implantation in the woman's womb, and these so-called "spare embryos" are then destroyed or used for research which, under the pretext of scientific or medical progress, in fact reduces human life to the level of simple "biological material" to be freely disposed of. (1995 encyclical letter of Pope John Paul II The Gospel of Life 14)
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