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 Contents - Dec 2005AD2000 December 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Christmas: time for Christians to stand up! - Michael Gilchrist
Synod on the Eucharist sets agenda for Benedict's pontificate - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
PRAYER: Melbourne initiative: a spiritual approach can defeat drug addiction - Anh Nguyen
Episcopacy: Archbishop Chaput of Denver: America's plain-speaking Pope's man - Peter J. Boyer
Formation: St John Vianney's blueprint for the priesthood back in favour - Fr John Cihak
The Eucharist: gift of an interventionist God - Chris Hilder
Cinema: New movie's balanced presentation of exorcism: The Exorcism of Emily Rose - Shannon Donahoo (reviewer)
Letters: Medical research - Maureen Federico
Letters: Enneagram - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Vatican II myths - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Stem cell therapy - Brian Harris
Letters: Evangelisation - Michael Dunlea
Letters: Church architecture - Barry Ireland
Letters: Priestly celibacy - Philip Holberton
Letters: Catholic journal
Letters: EWTN tapes - Daphne Thorose
Books: The Cube and the Cathedral, by George Weigel - John Ballantyne (reviewer)
Books: Good News About Sex And Marriage, by Christopher West - Kerrie Allen
Books: In Memory of Me / Come to Me, My Children, by Christine McCarthy - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Christmas reading from AD Books
Reflection: Journey of the Magi and the search for truth - Cardinal George Pell

I have received an unsolicited request to contribute to the development of "new" treatments for Parkinsons Disease which I consider to be an affront to human dignity. The request came from the Monash Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.

The Institute intends to use human embryonic stem cells, the harvesting of which leads to the death of the human embryo.

I consider that respect for all human life, be it at the developmental or degenerative state, must underpin our whole ethos as a civilised society, and using embryonic stem cells to try to effect a cure does not fit into this frame at all.

As a matter of fact, medical cannibalisation is no different from any other type, all proposing to benefit someone at another's expense - the victim being of course defenceless.

This sounds pretty ghastly, and it is not in keeping with a society that is civilised and humane. Human slavery has been off the agenda for some time now, but it is now returning in a new form.

Incidentally, I have no objection to adult stem cell experimentation, which does not involve the destruction of human life.

Frankston South, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 11 (December 2005 - January 2006), p. 13

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