Stem Cell Research and Cloning

What does the Catholic Church teach about stem cell research? What is the Church’s position on the issue of human cloning?


The Church boldly defends and protects human life in all cases. Catholic teaching on difficult issues, like stem cell research and cloning, must be understood in order to recognize and respect all human life. Take time to learning about these modern issues and the Church’s response. Our human nature—designed by God—is meant to work in a certain way, under certain conditions. By learning more about these topics, you will begin to see how the Church teaching matches up to God’s plan and design for human beings.


Additional Resources

National Catholic Bioethics Center

Church Teaching on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Cloning and Human Dignity

Reproductive Technologies

Pope Benedict XVI on Stem Cells