Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

2/13/2011 (4 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The dignity of a person must be recognized in every human being from conception to natural death

The French Media called the child conceived through IVF specifically to be used to cure another already born child a "savior sibling". French Bishops responded with these words "To conceive a child to be used -- even if it is for treatment -- is not respectful of his dignity, A child born specifically for use, even a noble use, is to turn a child into an object." Thank God for the Catholic Church, the Defender of Life. Once again she is rising to defend the truth concerning the inviolable dignity of every human person from the beginning of life to its end.

The French Media referred to the child born through IVF - specifically to be used to cure a born child - as a 'Savior Sibling'

The French Media referred to the child born through IVF - specifically to be used to cure a born child - as a "Savior Sibling"

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/13/2011 (4 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: savior siblings, culture of death, culture of life, bioethics, pro-life, Deacon Keith Fournier


PARIS, France (Catholic Online) - On January 26, 2011 the Nation of France announced the birth of a child being heralded as what the media called the first "savior sibling." The French Media coined the term to refer to the intentional use of In Vitro Fertilization to manufacture another child to be used for the benefit of an already born child. A sort of "spare parts" approach.

The Catholic Bishops of France stood firm for the truth, every child is a unique gift to be received and must never be manufactured as a product to be used.The child was born at the Antoine Beclere Hospita. Because the child was conceived through in-vitro fertilization, in the process "excess embryos" were also "manufactured" and discarded. Every human embryonic person has a right to life. 

The Bishops responded to this birth of the one called by the media a "savior sibling" with these words "To conceive a child to be used -- even if it is for treatment -- is not respectful of his dignity, A child born specifically for use, even a noble use, is to turn a child into an object."

Thank God for the Catholic Church, the Defender of Life. Once again she is rising to defend the truth concerning the inviolable dignity of every human person. The French Episcopal Conference acknowledged their empathy and compassion for the parents of all sick children. However they stood strong for the truth of the Natural moral law, persons must never be used as objects. They did not succumb to the appealing language of "savior siblings". .

They stressed that using "the most vulnerable human being to cure" is unworthy of humankind. "To legalize the use of the most vulnerable human being to cure is unworthy of man. To conceive a child to use him -- even if it is to cure -- is not respectful of his dignity."  They insisted "such utilitarianism is always a regression." 

In 2008 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith in the Catholic Church issued an instruction on the "Dignity of the Human Person." It began with these words "The dignity of a person must be recognized in every human being from conception to natural death. This fundamental principle expresses a great "yes" to human life and must be at the center of ethical reflection on biomedical research, which has an ever greater importance in today's world".

The instruction offered "a word of support and encouragement for the perspective on culture which considers science an invaluable service to the integral good of the life and dignity of every human being. The Church therefore views scientific research with hope and desires that many Christians will dedicate themselves to the progress of biomedicine and will bear witness to their faith in this field. She hopes moreover that the results of such research may also be made available in areas of the world that are poor and afflicted by disease, so that those who are most in need will receive humanitarian assistance".

The Church does not discourage progress in biomedicine, it encourages it. However, the human person is never an "it" - but an "I" - some-one who must never be treated as an object.  "The body of a human being, from the very first stages of its existence, can never be reduced merely to a group of cells. The embryonic human body develops progressively according to a well defined program with its proper finality, as is apparent in the birth of every baby."

The insistence upon this framework for evaluating biomedicine is revealed in the Natural Law; the fundamental human right to life and the dignity of human persons. This right is knowable by and binding upon all men and women and is not simply a "religious" construct. Footnote 7 within the document cites Pope Benedict XVI's presentation to the United Nations in April of 2008 which summarizes this point well:

"Human rights, in particular the right to life of every human being, are based on the natural law inscribed on human hearts and present in different cultures and civilizations. Removing human rights from this context would mean restricting their range and yielding to a relativistic conception, according to which the meaning and interpretation of rights could vary and their universality would be denied in the name of different cultural, political, social and even religious outlooks. This great variety of viewpoints must not be allowed to obscure the fact that not only rights are universal, but so too is the human person, the subject of those rights"

A troubling story out of London in 2009 reflected the downward spiral the West is on as turning human persons into commodities to be sold or experimented upon becomes increasingly acceptable. The article in the "Daily Mail" entitled "Storm over embryo 'bank' which could be used as a body repair kit" was written by Beezy Marsh and Jo Macfarlane and noted:

"Couples could be allowed to store embryos in order to use them to create new body parts or cure diseases. Government legal and ethical experts are to discuss whether families can 'bank' embryos not just for procreation but also for use by doctors to create personalized treatments for parents and their children. Now, embryos - the first stage of life after an egg has been successfully fertilized - can be stored for up to five years but only for procreation. But a huge ethical debate is set to erupt as the Government's fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), moves closer to endorsing new developments in medical science.

"It will debate whether embryos could be stored to harvest important stem cells that have the ability to turn into any tissue type in the body. Research on using the cells is still in its infancy, but it is thought that within ten years it could lead to cures for degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and some forms of cancer. The embryos could also be used to grow new organs and bodily 'spare parts'."

On Monday, March 9, 2009, President Barrack Obama promoted this kind of commodification of human persons in the United States by signing an Executive Order which "directed NIH to formulate the best method for moving forward with stem cell research, both ethically and scientifically". This led to the promulgation of new NIH Guidelines which support the notion of human embryos as property, capable of being "manufactured" and available to be used as spare parts in experimentation which has produced no discernible scientific results, such as research using embryonic stem cells.

Make no mistake; every so called "extraction" of embryonic stem cells kills a living human embryonic person. In 1987, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued its "Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation". Among the many questions it answered with absolute clarity was: "What Respect is due to the human embryo, taking into account his nature and identity?" The answer given by the Magisterium: "The human being must be respected - as a person - from the very first instant of his (her) existence."

In the "Dignity of the Person" from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith we were reminded that science must always be placed at the service of the human person, the family and the common good. Any use of new technologies must respect that the human body is never an "it" - but an "I" - some-one who must never be treated as an object, "The body of a human being, from the very first stages of its existence, can never be reduced merely to a group of cells. The embryonic human body develops progressively according to a well defined program with its proper finality, as is apparent in the birth of every baby."

We must oppose genetic slavery. We commend the French Bishops for their courageous stand and encourage the Catholic faithful throughout the world to learn the reason for the Church's defense of the dignity of every human person as a gift to be received and not a product to be used.This is the defining issue of our future, and the future of civilization itself.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Europe

Muslim migrants threw Nigerian and Ghana Christians overboard, police say Watch

Image of More than 10,000 people have arrived on Italian shores from Libya since last weekend alone.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Muslims among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat killed 12 fellow passengers by throwing them overboard because they were Christians, Italian police say. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At least 15 people have been arrested on suspicion of ... continue reading


Rare phenomenon 'worm rainfall' observed in Norway, scientists still baffled Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Thousands of earthworms were observed falling from the sky across the southern part of Norway, which still baffles the scientists. The rare phenomenon was sighted by a Biology teacher Karstein Erstad, as he was skiing in the mountains near Bergen last weekend. ... continue reading


Pope Francis is part of 'evil front' against Turkey, prime minister declares Watch

Image of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused Pope Francis of being part of an

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused Pope Francis of being part of an "evil front" plotting against his country. The Pope used the term "genocide" in describing the massacre of one million Armenians during the Ottoman Empire in 1915. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Vatican-backed exorcism course warns of 'beautiful young vampires' Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Beautiful young vampires," in vitro fertilization and gay rights were among the warnings for possession presented during a Vatican-backed exorcism course. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Vampires from pop culture Hollywood films, like Twilight and True Blood, were ... continue reading


Pope Francis' talk about Satan increases worldwide interest in exorcism Watch

Image of A week-long exorcism conference, held this week at the Pontifical University of Regina Apostolorum in Rome and endorsed by the Vatican, is being attended by around 160 Catholic priests from around the world.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The world is now in the throes of an increased awareness of Satan and the "dark arts" of exorcism. Pope Francis' fire-and-brimstone language, coupled with his frequent references to the Devil has raised awareness of the Evil One once again into the mainstream of ... continue reading


Turkey recalls Vatican envoy after Pope describes Armenian massacre as 'genocide' Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It has long been a point of contention between the nations of Armenia and Turkey concerning the death of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 during World War I. Armenia has long maintained that the deaths were the result of one of the 20th Century's earliest ... continue reading


Extremely rare book from 17th century, banned by Pope Innocent XI, resurfaces Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

One of the most rare books, according to the website Abe Books, has surfaced in a pile of book donations from a donor to a British bookstore. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The book "Varia Opuscula Theologica" (Various Theological Brochures) was written by ... continue reading


Saharan dust storm expected to bring 'Blood Rain' to Britain Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Health officials issue warnings of dangerous rains to the United Kingdom this weekend. As the northerly Atlantic winds blow the red Saharan dust, reaching the country among other nearby states, the south east and eastern England will experience high levels of ... continue reading


GENESIS OF TUBERCULOSIS? Hungarian mummies suggest TB began in Rome Watch

Image of Walled up and forgotten for about 150 years, the corpses were discovered when a construction worker tapped on a wall during renovation work.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The ancient Romans gifted humanity wit, wine, aqueducts, and roads - and tuberculosis. Researchers have now isolated bacterial DNA of several strains of the disease from the bodies of mummies found in the crypt of a church in the city of Vac in Hungary. LOS ... continue reading


Muslim dad storms Catholic school in U.K. for forcing Muslim students to shave beards Watch

Image of Mohammad Liaqat racially abused teachers at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School (pictured) in Accrington after Muslim students were told they could not grow beards.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Muslim father stormed into the Mount Carmel High School, a Catholic school in Lancashire, England and launched into a tirade of racial abuse at teachers. He was incensed that Muslim students at the school had been forced to shave their beards. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 7:51--8:1
51 'You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21
3 You are my rock, my rampart; true to your name, ... Read More

Gospel, John 6:30-35
30 So they said, 'What sign will you yourself do, the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 21st, 2015 Image

St. Anselm
April 21: St. Anselm Archbishop of Canterbury and Confessor APRIL 21,A.D. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter