Archbishop Burke: Catholics must create culture of life after election loss

.- The passage of a measure that allows embryonic stem-cell research and cloning in Missouri is a “clarion call” to all Catholics and people of goodwill to rededicate themselves to the creation of a culture of life in the state, said the archbishop of St. Louis.

In Tuesday’s mid-term elections, 51 percent of Missourians voted in favor of the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, also known as Amendment 2. While the five-page amendment purports to ban human cloning, it allows for embryonic stem-cell research and actually encourages a type of human cloning known as somatic cell nuclear transfer.

The technique also known as “therapeutic cloning” or “research cloning” involves replacing the nucleus of an unfertilized human egg with the nucleus from a skin or nerve cell. The egg then is stimulated to grow, with researchers removing the resulting stem cells - and sacrificing the embryo in the process.

While majorities of voters in 90 of the state's 114 counties rejected the measure, 13 counties and the city of St. Louis had enough votes to pass the amendment, reported The Associated Press.

“We made great progress in helping the citizens of Missouri realize the confusion and deception of the language of Amendment 2,” said Archbishop Raymond Burke in a statement issued the day after the election. “We have failed, however, to overcome the formidable resources of its proponents. In Missouri, we have lost a significant battle for the protection of human life.”

The Catholic Church in Missouri joined a statewide grass-roots effort, which opposed the measure. It sought to highlight the benefits of ethical umbilical-cord and adult stem cell research. It pointed out the deceptive ballot language and raised questions about the methods that could be used to obtain donor eggs.

However, the grass-roots effort was outspent and outdone by a nearly $30-million campaign designed by supporters.

“The citizens of Missouri have succumbed to a false hope created by a campaign which has played on the desire of us all to help those suffering from deadly diseases and serious injuries,” the archbishop said.

“Missouri’s Amendment 2 will come to be regarded as the bellwether of human cloning, and will sadly divert attention and public funds from successful and completely ethical umbilical cord blood and adult stem-cell research,” he continued.

“It will further erode respect for all human life and for procreation as the way new human life is to come into the world.”

“Moreover, the provisions of the Amendment will make available to certain biotech companies the money of the taxpayers of Missouri for intrinsically immoral research, whether or not the research ever brings about the promised life-saving cures,” he added.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »


Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: