Will The Catholic Church Allow A PigMan To Become Pope?
Just because you managed to combine animal and human embryos in your laboratory, late at night, in a castle, with lightning flashing outside, and a hunchbacked ogre providing assistance, doesn't mean you have the right to kill your own mutant creation.
Or so says the Roman Catholic Church.
Bizarrely, some bishops believe that human-animal hybrids, or man-beasts as we like to call them, not only deserve the right to life, they should be allowed the option to be born as human babies are born and raised like normal children.
Haven't these clowns seen The Island Of Dr Moreau? You can't trust a man-beast, particularly not when the animal instincts override the human :
Human-animal hybrid embryos conceived in the laboratory - so-called “chimeras” - should be regarded as human and their mothers should be allowed to give birth to them, the Roman Catholic Church said yesterday.Religious doctrines dating back hundreds, and thousands of years, are going to look increasingly absurd in the coming decades, as new strands of human evolution are created and guided by scientists and researchers.
Under draft Government legislation to be debated by Parliament later this year, scientists will be given permission for the first time to create such embryos for research as long as they destroy them within two weeks.
But the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, in a submission to the Parliamentary joint committee scrutinising the draft legislation, said that the genetic mothers of “chimeras” should be able to raise them as their own children if they wished.
The bishops said that they did not see why these “interspecies” embryos should be treated any differently than others.
The bishops, who believe that life begins at conception, said that they opposed the creation of any embryo solely for research, but they were also anxious to limit the destruction of such life once it had been brought into existence.
In their submission to the committee, they said: “At the very least, embryos with a preponderance of human genes should be assumed to be embryonic human beings, and should be treated accordingly.
“In particular, it should not be a crime to transfer them, or other human embryos, to the body of the woman providing the ovum, in cases where a human ovum has been used to create them.
“Such a woman is the genetic mother, or partial mother, of the embryo; should she have a change of heart and wish to carry her child to term, she should not be prevented from doing so.”
Chimpanzees share almost the exact amount of genetic material as humans do, and some would argue that chimpanzees show more empathy, humanity and respect than that possessed by many drunken thugs in the high street on a Saturday night.
So does the Catholic Church support the right to life for our closest living mammalian relatives?
And will the Catholic Church stand by its widely-scoped 'right to life' for man-beasts in the decades to come and one day allow a PigMan, or FlounderMan, to become Pope?