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Bishop Burbidge Calls President's Action "Disappointing"

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge today called President Obama’s executive order to provide federal funding for embryonic stem cell research “a disappointing decision.” In signing the controversial order, the President overturned a policy enacted by former President Bush that limited federal funds for research which necessitates the destruction of human embryos.

Bishop Burbidge noted that while the President stated “that medical miracles do not occur by accident,” he failed to acknowledge that the source of all miracles is the Lord our God, the Source of all life. “It is our duty to protect the sacredness of all human life at every stage,” the Bishop said. “Its destruction can never be morally accepted.”

Bishop Burbidge stressed the compassionate care that must be extended to the sick and to all those with medical conditions. “We must support them in our prayers and through the many ministries that provide spiritual and pastoral outreach,” the Bishop said.

He pointed out that the Church supports medical research that reflects a consistent ethic of life, including research using adult stem cells and umbilical cord cells, which have produced significant results. “We must remember that we are creatures and God is the Creator,” the Bishop added. “If we, as His instruments, use technology, science and research for the purposes He intended, then with God’s grace medical miracles will continue to occur.”