Pope issues fresh cloning denunciation
Pope John Paul II has said that cloning - like abortion and euthanasia - reduces a person to a "mere object".
"Abortion, euthanasia, human cloning ... life and death to order, as it were!" he said. "When all moral criteria are removed, scientific research involving the sources of life becomes a denial of the being and the dignity of the person."
He made his comments in an annual speech to Vatican-based diplomats.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will soon issue a document - perhaps this week - touching on cloning and abortion. The document will take the form of a set of guidelines for Catholic politicians.
BOSNIAN BISHOP ASKS IF CLONED BABIES SHOULD BE BAPTISED
A Catholic bishop in Bosnia Herzegovina has started a heated theological discussion by asking if cloned babies should be baptised.
Ratko Peric, Bishop of Mostar, said he would baptise a cloned baby, despite the Church's opposition to cloning.
When asked in local media for his views on cloning he said: "Even in a case where it was clearly known that a particular baby was cloned I would agree to a baptism if it has a head and looks like a human."
He added: "I see cloning as an attack against life, but the Catholic Church has its laws. If someone brings a baby into the church and the baby has a head and looks like a human then we assume that that baby, even a cloned one, has a soul. In such circumstances, every priest should baptise a baby."
Peric also dismissed claims by the Raelian cult that a cloned baby has already been born.
14 Jan 2003