Dignitas Personae: The Dignity of the Person
Thomas Peters has some excellent links regarding today's release by the Vatican of Dignitas Personae, the follow-up document on bioethics from the CDF to Donum Vitae (1987) and Evangelium Vitae (1995):
Read Dignitas Personae here (PDF format) Read the accompanying 2-page Q&A here (PDF format) Read the USCCB news release here (HTML page)
update: William Saunders of the Family Research Council has penned a short explanation and commentary of this new document over at The Catholic Thing. John Allen also helpfully weighs in at length.
Initial mainstream media reactions:
WaPo: "Vatican Condemns Cloning, Embryonic Stem Cell Research" USA Today: "Roman Catholic Church updates code on reproduction" AFP: "Vatican condemns cloning, stem cell research" NYT: "Vatican Issues Instruction on Bioethics" Reuters: "Vatican condemns embryo stem cell research, cloning" AP: "Vatican issues major new bioethics document"