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| 14th January 2008 | Modified: 17th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 35 times | Liked 0 times

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14th January 2008

In a Pastoral Letter to be sent to all 500 Catholic parishes in Scotland this week the Bishops Conference of Scotland will urge the Government to allow a free vote in parliament on the forthcoming Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.  

In the letter, written by Archbishop Mario Conti, President of the Joint Bio-ethics Committee the Bishops recognise, the "right and duty (of MP's) to vote in such issues according to conscience" and point out that many other countries have " drawn the line at human cloning" though regrettably the UK Government has not.  

Quoting from a statement by the "Pontifical Academy for Life", the Bishops describe, the fusion of animal and human material resulting in hybrid embryos as a monstrous act against human dignity.  

The full text of the letter is shown below together with the text of a covering note being sent to all Parish Priests in Scotland.  

ENDS  

Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
07968 122291  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

Pastoral Letter issued by Archbishop Conti, President of the Joint Bio-ethics Committee  
on behalf of the Archbishops and Bishops of Scotland

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