Vatican funds stem-cell research.

The Australian Associated Press reports on a new move from the Catholic Church, which is offering a $100,000 research grant for work on adult stem cells:

The Sydney Archdiocese announced the grant on Wednesday, saying it is still vehemently opposed to embryonic stem cell research but approves of the use of adult stem cells.

Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell says adult stem cells can already be used in the treatment of heart and liver disease.

“The Catholic Church promotes and encourages medical research and we strongly support stem cell research and other forms of biotechnology that respect the dignity of every human life,” Cardinal Pell said in a statement.

It’s so… sensible….