Human Cloning

Crestwood, NY - The Orthodox Theological Society in America adopted the following resolution on June 1, 2001:

The Orthodox Theological Society in America urges the hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) to create a standing committee on ethical issues involving human cloning and the creation and destruction of human embryos. The membership should include embryologists, geneticists, medical professionals and theologians. The task of the committee would be to remain abreast of the latest developments in genetics, embryology and human cloning, evaluate these developments, and publish their assessments, especially to bishops, clergy and theologians The Society believes that "the mind of the Church" needs to be expressed in regard to these scientific discoveries and it is our responsibility to voice that mind to the medical and scientific community, the faithful of our Church, as well as to the general public.