US embassy cable - 01VATICAN1745

VATICAN CONDEMNS CLONING BUT PROTECTS THE CLONES

Identifier: 01VATICAN1745
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Origin: Embassy Vatican
Created: 2001-03-30 10:47:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL PHUM SOCI TBIO VT
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UNCLAS VATICAN 001745 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/WE (VAN CLEVE) 
FROM EMBASSY VATICAN/MESSAGE NO. 52/01 
DEPT. PLS PASS TO HOUSE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT 
PLS PASS TO OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, HOUSE 
ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PHUM, SOCI, TBIO, VT 
SUBJECT: VATICAN CONDEMNS CLONING BUT PROTECTS THE CLONES 
 
1.   CHARGE AND POLITICAL ASSISTANT MET MARCH 23 WITH THE 
POPE'S THEOLOGIAN, FRENCH-BORN DOMINICAN MONK GEORGES 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
PAGE 02        VATICA  01745  311607Z 
COTTIER, TO DISCUSS THE CLONING OF HUMAN BEINGS. COTTIER 
AFFIRMED THE VATICAN POSITION THAT CLONING IS IMMORAL IN 
EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE. HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT HUMAN BEINGS 
THAT RESULT FROM CLONING PROCEDURES MUST BE CONSIDERED EQUAL 
TO ANY OTHER PERSON IN REGARD TO RIGHTS AND 
RESPONSIBILITIES. (NOTE: TRANSLATED THEOLOGICALLY, FOR THE 
VATICAN THESE CLONES WILL HAVE THE SAME IMMORTAL SOULS THAT 
ALL HUMAN BEINGS POSSESS. END NOTE). COTTIER FIRMLY 
DISMISSED THE POSSIBILITY OF A SUB-HUMAN RACE OF CLONES. 
(NOTE: THE VATICAN ACCEPTS CLONING THERAPIES USING PLANTS 
AND ANIMALS WHEN THIS DIRECTLY BENEFITS HUMAN PERSONS IN 
TERMS OF FOOD AND HEALTH CARE, AS LONG AS ANIMAL RIGHTS AND 
BIO-DIVERSITY ARE RESPECTED. END NOTE). 
 
2.   COTTIER ACCEPTED THE LICITY OF CLONING INDIVIDUAL BODY 
PARTS FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES. HE ALSO APPROVED OF THE USE 
OF ANIMAL ORGANS FOR TRANSPLANTATION INTO HUMANS, IF PROPER 
HEALTH SAFEGUARDS WERE FOLLOWED. COTTIER SAID THE USE OF 
ADULT STEM CELLS IN HEALTH-CARE THERAPIES WAS LEGITIMATE. HE 
CONDEMNED THE USE OF STEM CELLS FROM FETUSES DESTROYED BY 
THE TECHNIQUE. 
 
3.   COMMENT: FATHER COTTIER EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION THAT 
EMBASSY OFFICERS REPRESENTING THE USG HAD SHOWN FORESIGHTED 
INTEREST IN HUMAN CLONING. HE OPINED THAT WHILE THE 
TECHNIQUE SEEMED INEVITABLE, MOST GOVERNMENTS HAD FAILED TO 
ANTICIPATE ITS MORAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS. END 
COMMENT. MERANTE 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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 2001VATICA01745 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED 


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