VATICAN CITY, November 28, 2002 ( – The Vatican’s top moral theologian has condemned as “offensive” the possibility of human cloning. Father Gino Concetti was interviewed by reporters following Dr. Severino Antinori’s claim that the first human clone would be born next year – a claim Catholic sources view with skepticism.  “The church condemns human cloning as a method of procreation because it contradicts the Biblical principle of procreation through marriage,” Concetti said. “Human cloning directly offends the dignity of the human being and God’s plan for procreation,” he said, adding “[Antinori] has only hypothetical theories. So far, he has not shown anything concrete. If it is true, then the Church condemns it.”  Concetti added that the Catholic Church does not condemn cloning of animals and plants as long as there is no threat to the variety of species over which mankind is entrusted with protective dominion. “Cloning of animals and plants should not aim for a single species otherwise that species could be wiped out, for example, by disease,” Concetti said.  For newswire coverage see:


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