Despite popular belief, the Catholic church is not “anti-stem cell research.” In fact, she is very much in favor of stem cell research, so long as tiny human beings are not created, used and destroyed in the process. Not only that, but she puts her money where her support is:
The Vatican will help fund a research study into the potential use of adult stem cells to treat intestinal and possibly other diseases, officials announced April 23. The research study, now in a preliminary stage, is being carried out by a group of American and Italian scientists led by the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine.
The university said that the Vatican had already agreed to donate 2 million euros ($2.7 million) for the project. Cardinal Renato Martino said the exact amount would be decided in future meetings.
This isn’t the first time the Church has funded stem cell research. In 2005 the Archdiocese of Seoul dedicated 10 billion won (US$9.6 million) to studying the science and last year the Archdiocese of Sydney Australia gave ASC researchers a grant for $100,000.