Saturday, December 13, 2008

New bio-ethics document from the CDF

Briefing: The Vatican has issued an important new document on the ethics of IVF, freezing embryos and so forth: Dignitas Personae. Read about it on John Smeaton's blog here. Anyone thought that the Church was about to change her teaching on IVF will be very disapointed. The 'adoption' of embryos is also condemned - this is a practice which did not exist when the last major document on this topic, Donum Vitae, was published back in 1986.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen