The Pontifical Academy for Life explains the doctrinal bases of the Christian concept of human life

Publié le : 5 March 2013

 "Faith and human life" was the theme of the 19th general assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life which was held in the Vatican from 21 to 23 February 2013. The aim of this assembly was to "highlight the doctrinal bases of the Christian concept of human life today in its different medical and social aspects."On this occasion, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stated that "the domain of science is currently ‘a sector where not only is God degraded’ but one which removes the human person ‘from the centre to a mechanical periphery‘." 

Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, spoke on the theme of "the sacredness of the person as the ultimate guarantee of the ethical status of the human being." Drawing on the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula explained that the Pope "insisted strongly on the problem of a society which puts God aside and which takes away the central position of man." In his "diagnosis" […] "on the one hand there is the phenomenon dominated and controlled by some, for example the world of the mass media, and on the other hand there is the real world." Lastly, he reminded the assembly that science and faith "can be in harmony": "very often those who do not agree with each other are scientists and the faithful. Between faith and science there is no opposition that cannot be overcome.

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