The teaching of the Catholic Church regarding human cloning is closely
linked to her teaching on the sanctity of life, the status of the embryo and the
meaning of sex and marriage. It addresses the tensions between the relief of the
suffering - which can be sought in good or bad ways - and respect for every human
being. Anthony McCarthy sets out the scientific background to cloning, explains
the Church's teaching, and examines secular arguments for and against human
CTS Explanations is a series explaining in everyday language Catholic teaching on a range of current pressing moral and ethical issues. This booklet has been produced with the Linacre Centre, the leading Catholic centre for healthcare ethics in Great Britain and Ireland.