In a video released by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network on Tuesday, March 8, Francis calls on believers not to “go in the sand” in the face of bioethical issues posed by advances in science. "Human embryos cannot be treated as disposable material or as waste," he said.
"For a Christian Response to the Challenges of Bioethics" is the title of a video published Tuesday, March 8 by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.
In this video, Pope Francis calls on Christians not to “stand in the sand” in the face of the problems and ethical questions posed by scientific advances.
A "culture of waste"
"Biotechnological applications must always be used on the basis of respect for human dignity" insists the pope who raises the issue of human embryos which, he says, "cannot be treated as disposable material or as waste ". He considers that they are part of the "culture of waste" against which he encourages to fight.
“We cannot continue to spread this culture which is doing so much damage. »
“Human dignity and progress must go hand in hand”
Above all, he calls for discernment in the face of the changes that are taking place in the field of biomedical research, stressing that it “is not a question of slowing down technological progress”. " No. It is a question of supporting it and protecting both human dignity and progress. In other words, human dignity should not pay the price for progress,” continues the Argentine pontiff.
He further believes that "human dignity and progress must go hand in hand, in a harmonious way".
In conclusion, Francis urges believers to pray “so that, faced with the new challenges of bioethics, Christians will always promote the defense of life through prayer and social commitment”.
Camille Westphal Perrier
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