"The Vatican has abruptly cancelled a controversial stem-cell conference that was set to be attended by the Pope next month." [more]Wanna know why?
They heard that some scientists were actually going to show up!
An unnamed member of the academy was quoted to say [the cancellation was an], “enormous relief to many members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, who felt that the presence on its program of so many speakers, including the keynote speaker, committed to embryonic stem cell research, was a betrayal of the mission of the Academy and a public scandal”.
“I think the only interpretation is that we are being censored. It is very disappointing that they are unwilling to hear the truth,” says Alan Trounson, president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in San Francisco. He had hoped to provide a “balanced perspective” on the potential clinical applications of stem cells, both adult and embryonic.