Values: In-vitro fertilisation – Begotten or made?

In this continuing series on Values by the Catholic Medical Guild and Caritas Singapore, we examine if in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is truly life-giving and ifit is the only solution for an infertile couple. ANY married couples trying desperately to start a family will say something like this: “We love children. We want to have a [...]

The Dignity Of A Person

 VATICAN CITY – A new Vatican document warned that certain recent developments in stem-cell research, gene therapy and embryonic experimentation violate moral principles and reflect an attempt by man to “take the place of his Creator”. The latest advances raise serious questions of moral complicity for researchers and other biotech professionals, who have a duty [...]

Freezing of human eggs

The freezing of oocytes, immature human egg cells, has been introduced as part  of an in vitro fertilisation technique, in which only those eggs to be transferred to the mother’s body are fertilised. The freezing of oocytes for this purpose is morally unacceptable.

Use of human “biological material” of illicit origin

(In a section titled "The use of human ‘biological material’ of illicit origin", the document examined the ethical questions posed for people who, in research or the production of vaccines or other products, deal with cell lines that are the result of a procedure the church considers immoral.) In cases where there is a direct [...]

Science, technology and the human future

Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen, editor in chief of America, explores what a new instruction on bioethics from the Vatican means to humanityIN HIS DYSTOPIAN (grim) novel, "That Hideous Strength" (1945), the late C. S. Lewis embodied his fears for humanity’s fate in the hands of an unprincipled science in the N.I.C.E. (National Institute for Co-ordinated [...]