Cardinal Ratzinger Compares Human Cloning to Nazi Madness

ROME, AUG. 8, 2001 ( Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger compared the attempt to clone human beings, proposed by Italian doctor Severino Antinori, to Nazi madness.

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“In a certain sense, Hitler somewhat anticipated modern developments like cloning and medical experimentation with human embryos,” the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said in statements published by the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

The German cardinal added: “It is terrifying that some of the powers, which over half a century ago defeated Nazism, today opt, in the scientific realm, for debatable and anti-human practices like cloning.”

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