Friday, May 27, 2005

MH – The Stem-Cell Bill Hall of Shame

Fr. Rob hits it on the head. Here’s the list of Catholics who voted for the House bill expanding federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, with a specific list of the Republicans (as Fr. Rob says, the “pro-life” party) included in that group.
All of the arguments for permitting ESCR boil down to "let us do evil so that good may come of it." And the temptation to do so is powerful. The good of eliminating all these diseases is so desirable, and the beings whom these experiments would obliterate are literally invisible. But the moral law is quite clear: The end cannot justify the means. It is bad enough that our national conscience has become so vitiated that a majority of our Representatives could fall for the temptation, but it is especially painful that a large number of Catholic congressmen would do so. They ought to know better. In fact, they have no excuse for not knowing better, as our bishops and the Holy See have repeatedly condemned ESCR. Those who voted for this bill have the blood of innocents on their hands.

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