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A human-monkey chimeric blastocyst. Credit: Weizhi Ji/Kunming University of Science and Technology.

Ethicists urge caution after creation of monkey embryos containing human cells

Apr 19, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic scientists and ethicists have warned of the potential for a slippery slope in response to reports that scientists had... Read more

UK Supreme Court, Parliament Square, London.

Pro-life group: End of mother’s UK legal battle over life support for 5-year-old girl ‘a tragedy’

Apr 6, 2021

A pro-life group has described the U.K. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a mother’s appeal over the removal of... Read more

Research on human embryos in an artificial womb? Why recent experiments have ethicists concerned

Mar 25, 2021

After scientists successfully grew mouse embryos in an artificial uterus, ethicists are warning against any future extension of the experiments... Read more

Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster.

Catholic bishop laments appeal court ruling on removing life-support from 5-year-old against mother’s wishes

Mar 23, 2021

A Catholic bishop has lamented an English appeal court ruling that life-sustaining treatment can be withdrawn from a five-year-old girl... Read more

Photomicrograph of a human blastocyst, at 20x magnification. Scientists have now generated blastocyst-like structures from human cells. Credit: Vladimir Staykov/Shutterstock.

Human embryo, or a model? Resist 'depersonalizing' research, ethicist cautions

Mar 18, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

New “models” of early human embryos that cannot grow into full human beings provoke ethical questions about whether they are... Read more

Vaccine.

Canada's bishops: Choose Covid vaccines with least connection to abortion, when possible

Mar 11, 2021

The Catholic bishops of Canada wrote this week on whether certain COVID-19 vaccines are morally preferable for Catholics, if given... Read more

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Catholic women issue statement opposing use of 'abortion-tainted vaccines'

Mar 9, 2021

Eighty-six Catholic women from 25 countries issued a letter Monday opposing what they called “abortion-tainted” COVID-19 vaccines, and arguing Church... Read more

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Catholic scholars: Covid vaccines can be received 'without fear of moral culpability' for abortion

Mar 5, 2021

By Matt Hadro

A statement by pro-life, Catholic scholars published Friday says that the four major COVID-19 vaccines are not only acceptable to... Read more

Bioethicists: ruling to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from 5-year-old ‘deeply flawed’

Feb 5, 2021

Bioethicists criticized on Thursday an English court ruling that life-sustaining treatment can be withdrawn from a five-year-old girl against her... Read more

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Bishops urge French Catholics to pray and fast as bioethics bill returns to Senate

Jan 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Bishops in France are asking Catholics to pray and fast for the next four Fridays for a respect for human... Read more

Vaccine.

Dominican priest, microbiologist affirms moral liceity of COVID-19 vaccine

Jan 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Dominican priest and biology professor has on social media encouraged people to receive a coronavirus vaccine, emphasizing his trust... Read more

English bishops say AstraZeneca’s vaccine may be received without sin

Dec 5, 2020

A coronavirus vaccine developed from cell-lines originating from the cells of an unborn child who was aborted in 1983 can... Read more

The ethics of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine

Nov 17, 2020

While the Bishop of Tyler asserted Monday that the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Moderna “is not morally produced”, the... Read more

Normally busy streets in Manhattan are deserted April 10, 2020, after officials imposed a Covid-19 lockdown.

Bishop Paprocki: We must weigh cost of 'extraordinary' shutdowns

Sep 24, 2020

By Carl Bunderson

In an essay published this month, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois argued that months-long lockdowns in response to... Read more

A Catholic healthcare worker objected to contraception. Her Catholic clinic fired her.

Sep 10, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

A young Portland, Oregon area medical professional this year was fired for objecting to certain medical procedures on the grounds... Read more

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Questions surround possibility of mandatory coronavirus vaccinations

Aug 28, 2020

By Matt Hadro

With more than 1,000 deaths a day still being registered in the United States, coronavirus vaccines are being developed, and... Read more

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Coronavirus, vaccines, and Catholic ethics

Aug 8, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Production for a new coronavirus vaccine is speeding along, but ethical questions remain about its development, and who should receive it... Read more

The Palais Bourbon, the seat of the National Assembly, in Paris.

French archbishop criticizes push to pass bioethics law amid pandemic

Jul 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The archbishop of Paris has criticized the French parliament’s decision to debate a controversial bioethics bill which would increase access to... Read more

Catholic bioethicist warns against gene-editing experiments

Jun 27, 2020

In the wake of a gene-editing experiment gone wrong, the president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center said that the Church... Read more

The Italian version of the new Directory for Catechesis, launched at the Vatican, June 25, 2020.

Catholic catechesis directory addresses gender, biological sex, and bioethics

Jun 25, 2020

Bioethics, gender identity, and biological sex are new subjects covered in the Vatican’s latest Directory for Catechesis, released Thursday. The... Read more