In an article about Family doctor Francisco Prieto who is going to help dole out funds for California’s Embryonic stem-cell research.
Raised Catholic, Prieto considers himself a religious person, but he doesn’t believe the body acquires a soul until about the time of birth. So he does not look upon the research as destroying life.
"My personal religious belief is sort of a Zen Catholicism," he said, adding with a self-mocking grin, "The pope would not be pleased." [Source]
I can understand those that deny the existence of the soul who supports ESCR since these ideas would support each other. Less understandable is how those who acknowledge the existence of a soul and that God creates each soul could then support ESCR. To claim though that the soul is required at birth is rather strange. If a soul is what animates life then to say that the baby who was alive and kicking in the womb was a soulless creature is more than just a bit of a stretch. This might be a useful dodge to ignore the morality of ESCR but it also denies reason. This article was more proof that any article that someone was "raised Catholic" will always end up badly.