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Ratzinger says cloning "more dangerous than weapons of mass destruction"

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has asserted that human power to produce other humans creates a danger that is greater than weapons of mass destruction.

"Man is capable of producing another man in the laboratory who, therefore, is no longer a gift of God or of nature. He can be fabricated and, just as he can be fabricated, he can be destroyed," said Cardinal Ratzinger, who is prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The cardinal was speaking on Monday during a debate with Ernesto Galli della Loggia, a professor of history and writer for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Cardinal Ratzinger also expressed strong fears about the rise of secularism within the European Union, adding that "pure positivism of human rights is perhaps sufficient for a Constitution but it is not so for our cultural debate."

"It has been said that the European Constitution could not mention the Judeo-Christian roots so as not to offend Islam," he said. "But what offends Islam is contempt for God, the arrogance of reason that causes fundamentalism."

Cardinal Ratzinger: Cloning More Dangerous Than Arms of Mass Destruction (Zenit 27/10/04)

29 Oct 2004