“Do not lose sight of the next”

Pope Francis © Paul Haring (KNA)

A rejection of excessive genderism and naming the challenges in the relationship between the sciences and human life: Pope Francis clarified his positions in a keynote address.

In the relationship between the sciences and human life, Pope Francis currently sees four major challenges: to focus more on the neighbor against ego-centered enthusiasm for technology, to rediscover the dignity of the human being as a creature of God against purely biological interception, justice between the sexes without neutralizing the differences between men and women, and fourth, compassion and tenderness in dealing with the weakest as a corrective against bureaucracy and technology.

In a keynote address to members of the Pontifical Academy of Life at the Vatican on Thursday, the pope listed these points, which he considers central to a scientific and ethical dialogue at the cutting edge of the times.

"Do not lose sight of your neighbor"

Reflecting on the Council's thematic reorientation, Francis called for work not to be limited to problematic individual ies. If the church wants to accompany life, it must adequately ame responsibility in the technological age, he said before the annual assembly, which lasts until Saturday. It is the first after an organizational and personnel restructuring by the Pope.

Francis said excited by themselves and technology, many people lose sight of their neighbor. At the same time, men, women and children all over the world "felt with bitterness and pain the illusory promises of technocratic materialism". True scientific and technological progress, he said, must therefore lead to a more humane policy.

In addition, the pope recalled the essential message of the biblical creation narrative: that every human being is "willed by God and loved for himself, and not merely a well-organized cluster of cells selected in evolution".

Against exaggerated gender thinking

The pope clearly spoke out against excessive gender thinking. It is wrong to try to establish justice between the sexes by neutralizing the differences between women and men. The "utopia of the neutral" limits human dignity in its sexual orientation and in its importance in the transmission of life. Softening man's gender identity robs him of the energy and creativity inherent in the relationship between man and woman.

Finally, he said, it is necessary to develop "an ethos of compassion and tenderness" for people at the different ages of life, "especially for children and the elderly". A society "in which everything is only bought and sold, bureaucratically regulated and technically provided for" has already lost the meaning of life, the Pope warned.

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