Pell and NSW Stem Cell Research
Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-06-06
Archbishop Pell wants priests to refuse communion to any Roman Catholic MP who votes in favor of stem cell research in the NSW parliament.
While he talks about monstrous human-animal hybrid embryos, he misuses the word embryo (it doesn’t deserve the term until much later), he forgets that human-animal chimeric concepti aren’t viable, and his theology is muddled.
Either his deity creates a soul for each conceptus whether or not it will implant, in which case he thinks the majority of concepti that don’t implant (usually the woman is "a couple of days late") deserve a requiem mass, or the omniscient deity knows that the conceptus will not become a live birth and doesn’t bother creating a soul.
If Pell’s deity doesn’t create souls, then it’s none of Pell’s business.
If Pell’s deity does create souls for human-animal hybrids, then why does the Roman Catholic church object to the proposals to grant gorillas and chimps quasi-human rights (BBC, Observer, NewScientist) , given that they are much closer to human than a human/hamster chimeric conceptus?
Pell is also saying to all those waiting for the expected benefits of stem cell research, including sufferers of type-1 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, et al, that Pell’s deity wants their suffering to continue.
Actually, it’s probably silly of me to expect logical or theological consistency from a man who follows not the compassionate sayings of Jesus, but the traditions of the CDF (formerly known as the Spanish Inquisition) of which he is a member.
Club Troppo discussion, Barlett Diaries (and my reaction below in the comments), Courier Mail story on WA Parl committee investigating Pell