THE HOLY SYNOD
SYNODAL COMMITEE FOR BIOETHICS
CLONING OF EMBRYONIC CELLS
The recent decision of the British Government to allow experiments on human embryonic cells resulting from cloning not only did it provoke intense political and medical controversies, but it also offers the opportunity to stress that the ethical criterion is incomparably superior to any form of scientific achievement.
Our Church, which daily experiences the drama of disease and the need for a healthy life, embraces with love and understanding every single scientific endeavor that promotes health and grants hope for life.
Nevertheless, She also expresses Her sensitivity towards the parallel need to safeguard the eternal ethical and spiritual values. Man as a person has greater value than biological life. We recognize that it is very difficult to resist to the given applications of science that operate as accomplished facts of a generalized practice. However, surrendering without fighting may be proven disastrous.