Vatican to fund adult stem cell research

This caught my eye yesterday as I was giving a quick perusal to the news headlines: “Vatican to fund adult stem cell research

Such a headline may be surprising to the confused. Especially to those who don’t pay attention to what the Catholic Church actually teaches. The news media gets that wrong all the time. The article starts out, “The Catholic Church may be the last organization you’d expect to fund stem cell research, but that’s precisely what they’re planning to do.”

See, the thing is, not many people understand that there are two types of stem cells. Adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. The Catholic Church has been outspoken (alongside many pro-life groups) against the grave immorality of using embryonic stem cells– stem cells that require the death of the baby in the womb in order to be harvested.

Further entrenching this common misunderstanding is the current portrayal of stem cell research. Keep reading the article… it starts off sounding pretty favorable towards the Catholic Church. After all, the Church is taking a great step in funding adult stem cell research. But the media can’t resist taking a pot shot at the Church, quoting a doctor’s opinion that “this is another attempt to pit adult stem cells against embryonic [ones]” when the two are used in very different ways and have potential for different conditions.” And praising the ‘potency’ of embryonic stem cells.

‘Potency’, huh? That’s a very interesting word. You see, in abortion discussions that word comes out. Usually. And usually it’s the pro-life side bringing it up and being dismissed by the pro-abortion advocate. Pro-aborts are only in favor of a particular kind of ‘potency’. The ambiguous potential of potency. A fantasy world where all things can be fixed so long as we can use whatever means we desire, whether they be morally permissible or not. It’s a potency based on fiction and not on reality. When pro-lifers talk about the ‘potency’ of an embryo in the womb, it’s a proven and demonstrated potency. We know that embryo is a human person (or, at the very LEAST it is ‘potentially’ a person). Not simply because we (pro-lifers) believe and desire that an embryo has this power and capability, but because since the beginning of the human race this FACT has proven itself. No woman has ever given birth to anything but a human person. There is no evidence for the ‘potency’ of embryonic stem cells as therapy. NONE.

Check out the scoreboard:73 to 0. ZERO embryonic stem cell success. It’s not even a competition anymore. Scientists are not only uselessly murdering babies, but they are wasting their time. Adult stem cells have proven their worthiness, morally and scientifically. The truth is plain for all who have eyes to see.

The list run by stemcellresearch.org:

Adult Stem Cells

Embryonic Stem Cells

    Cancers:

  1. Brain Cancer
  2. Retinoblastoma
  3. Ovarian Cancer
  4. Skin Cancer: Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  5. Testicular Cancer
  6. Tumors abdominal organs Lymphoma
  7. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  8. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  9. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  10. Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
  11. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  12. Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia
  13. Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia
  14. Cancer of the lymph nodes: Angioimmunoblastic Lymphadenopathy
  15. Multiple Myeloma
  16. Myelodysplasia
  17. Breast Cancer
  18. Neuroblastoma
  19. Renal Cell Carcinoma
  20. Various Solid Tumors
  21. Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  22. Ewing’s Sarcoma
  23. Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia
  24. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
  25. POEMS syndrome
  26. Myelofibrosis
  27. Auto-Immune Diseases

  28. Diabetes Type I (Juvenile)
  29. Systemic Lupus
  30. Sjogren’s Syndrome
  31. Myasthenia
  32. Autoimmune Cytopenia
  33. Scleromyxedema
  34. Scleroderma
  35. Crohn’s Disease
  36. Behcet’s Disease
  37. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  38. Juvenile Arthritis
  39. Multiple Sclerosis
  40. Polychondritis
  41. Systemic Vasculitis
  42. Alopecia Universalis
  43. Buerger’s Disease
  44. Cardiovascular

  45. Acute Heart Damage
  46. Chronic Coronary Artery Disease
  47. Ocular

  48. Corneal regeneration
  49. Immunodeficiencies

  50. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  51. X-linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome
  52. X-linked Hyper immunoglobulin M Syndrome
  53. Neural Degenerative Diseases and Injuries

  54. Parkinson’s Disease
  55. Spinal Cord Injury
  56. Stroke Damage
  57. Anemias and Other Blood Conditions

  58. Sickle Cell Anemia
  59. Sideroblastic Anemia
  60. Aplastic Anemia
  61. Red Cell Aplasia
  62. Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
  63. Thalassemia
  64. Primary Amyloidosis
  65. Diamond Blackfan Anemia
  66. Fanconi’s Anemia
  67. Chronic Epstein-Barr Infection
  68. Wounds and Injuries

  69. Limb Gangrene
  70. Surface Wound Healing
  71. Jawbone Replacement
  72. Skull Bone Repair
  73. Other Metabolic Disorders

  74. Hurler’s Syndrome
  75. Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  76. Krabbe Leukodystrophy
  77. Osteopetrosis
  78. Cerebral X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy
  79. Liver Disease

  80. Chronic Liver Failure
  81. Liver Cirrhosis
  82. Bladder Disease

  83. End-Stage Bladder Disease
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