The following is an August 9, 2001 statement from the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), regarding the
then-recent “compromise” decision by President Bush on
the use of human
stem cells for research:
President Bush has reaffirmed his
support for a ban on human cloning and other policies that deserve
support in their own right. However, the trade-off he has
announced is morally unacceptable: The federal government,
for the first time in history, will support research that relies on
the destruction of some defenseless human beings for the possible
benefit to others. However such a decision is hedged about with
qualifications, it allows our nation's research enterprise to
cultivate a disrespect for human life.
Researchers who want to pursue
destructive embryo research and their allies in Congress have already
rejected such limits, saying that these limits will interfere with
efforts to turn embryonic stem cell research into possible medical
treatments. The President's policy may therefore prove to be as
unworkable as it is morally wrong, ultimately serving only
those whose goal is unlimited embryo research.
We hope and pray that President
Bush will return to a principled stand against treating some human
lives as nothing more than objects to be manipulated and destroyed
for research purposes. As we face a new century of powerful and
sometimes even frightening advances in biotechnology, we must help
ensure that our technical advances will serve rather than demean our
And now, let us return briefly to that pastoral
letter by Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan:
... Any Catholics who vote for
candidates who stand for abortion, illicit stem cell research
or euthanasia suffer the same fateful consequences. It is for this
reason that these Catholics, whether candidates for office or those
who would vote for them, may not receive Holy Communion until they
have recanted their positions and been reconciled with God and the
Church in the Sacrament of Penance.
Hmmm ... ain't this a brain-buster for a True Believer. A vote
for George W. Bush is now thoroughly problematic, and a vote for Kerry is
out of the question. What's a Good Catholic to do? Vote Nader?
Well, he is Catholic
— although it's one of those funky
branches that allow
their priests to be married. I'm not sure the Bishops would want
attention to that. And then there's Nader's position on abortion
Jeez, I'm just about stumped here. With the Big Three off limits,
it looks like Catholics are just gonna have to stay away from the
polls this year.
Voting? That's just so ... worldly.
But ... hey there ... waaaait a minute ... what's
Party is the only party which is completely pro-life,
anti-homosexual rights, pro-American sovereignty,
anti-globalist, anti-free trade, anti-deindustrialization,
anti-unchecked immigration, pro-second amendment, and against the
constantly increasing expansion of unlawful police laws, in favor of
a strong national defense and opposed to unconstitutional
... President Bush abdicated his
responsibility to defend the defenseless by announcing his decision
to federally fund embryonic stem cell research. His approval broke
a significant campaign promise and betrayed the pro-life cause.
Somebody get Bishop Sheridan on the horn, quick. He needs to know
who to tell
people to vote for in time for the November elections.