It seems the Vatican is back in action once again. In its ever going battle against the stem cell, it has gone a step forward and fired a warning shot over the bows of Barack Obama in response to the President-elect’s intention to lift the US ban on embryonic stem cell research. Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who acts as the Vatican health minister, said that stem cells taken from human embryos and involving the destruction of the embryos “serve no purpose”.

Research on adult stem cells and umbliical cords had been shown to have “positive value”, by contrast, although even that was not “a panacea for everything.”

Cardinal Javier said the Vatican would seek clarification of the new administration’s position on stem cells, and he himself was not “fully aware” what it was.

Writing in the National Catholic Reporter, John Allen, a leading American Vatican watcher, said the vatican would have “deep differences” with the Obama administration over abortion and embryonic stem cell research.These, however, must not be allowed to impede US-Vatican co-operation in promoting “religious freedom and human dignity worldwide” or on issues such as immigration, economic justice, peace, and environmental protection, he said.

Source: Times Online