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Bishop urges faithful to use stem cell therapy for medical purposes only


Researcher Shruti Dave (R) and assistant Chetan Patel work on stem cell cultures at the Transplantation Biology Research Centre situated at The Institute of Kidney Disease and Research Centre (IKDRC), Civil Hospital campus in Ahmedabad on February 6, 2013. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Don’t focus too much on youthful looks.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo gave this advice on Tuesday as he urged the faithful to use stem cell therapy only for medical purposes.

“It’s not that we don’t want it but (stem cell theraphy) is for curing the sick. (Having youthful looks) is just a side effect. (The therapy) wasn’t invented for that,” Pabillo said in a Church forum in Manila.

He said the advent of stem cell therapy should also lead the faithful to strive for a more fruitful and meaningful life.

“The problem is people don’t want to die so they want to extend their life. But when they were young, they did not use the time given to them wisely. We see a lot of people wasting their time,” Pabillo said.

“And when they grow up, they want to live longer. I hope people, while they are young, would use the blessings they receive so that when the time comes to leave, they can say that their mission is finished,” he added.

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  • Hfxwst

    “The problem is people don’t want to die . . . ” Where did they get this guy? People not wanting to die is a good thing – not a problem! Send this guy back to Rome for re-training!

    • marionics

      c’mon you apes, you wanna live forever??- (starship troopers)

      he he

    • Jane Tan

      Next thing you know someone will sport a bill requiring all Filipinos to fast twice a year, and these bishops will definitely laud this person.

  • mekeni62

    Overboard na naman ang paring ito. Leave this medical issue to the medical profession. Sobrang epal niyo na.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      there’s ethical issue with stem cell therapy. this will come to some people will abort fetuses just get the useful parts.

      • mekeni62

        abort fetuses to get the useful parts? litong-lito ka kid.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        it will come to that point.

      • reddfrog

        Prophet ka pala.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        you said it.

  • virgoyap

    At I million pesos per shot there’s no doubt the Stem Cell therapy is only for the rich. For me I don’t care about it. I know it’s not for me. I just strive to live a fruitful life and that’s enough for me.

  • jayemdee_412

    Why does this bishop waste his time lecturing on stem cell therapy when most Filipinos cannot afford this kind of therapy or do not care about it?

  • noynoyingalways

    It’s a KNOWN issue that stem cell from Animals can cause PNEUMONIA after the transplant that makes the lungs so ILL…. weeeeewww kasi naman kahit stem cell ng animal gusto gamitin…

  • marienkind

    Wow. Our bishops are now issuing fatwahs.

  • DannyGane

    What mission???

  • txtman SUPOTiful Bading


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