Cloning and
Catholic Ethics

Statement by
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory
Cloned Human Embryo

Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, released the following statement in response to the announcement of the first cloned human embryo:

"The Catholic Church encourages efforts to find new ways to reduce human suffering and treat life-threatening illness. However, human cloning violates fundamental ethical and moral norms, and is to be condemned unequivocally. Human cloning does not treat any disease but turns human reproduction into a manufacturing process, by which human beings are mass-produced to preset specifications. The cloning procedure is so dehumanizing that some scientists want to treat the resulting human beings as subhuman, creating them solely so they can destroy them for their cells and tissues.

"The fact that U.S. scientists have now created human embryos by cloning should serve as a wake-up call to Congress, and to all of us. Once again, a technical ability to manipulate and exploit human life is outdistancing society's ability to understand and respond to its frightening implications.

"While cloning may never produce any clinical benefit, its attack on human dignity has already begun. The House of Representatives, anticipating this threat, has already overwhelmingly voted to ban human cloning. We urge the U.S. Senate to do the same without delay."

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