Skip to comments.U.S. Bishops: Questions and Answers on 'Dignitas Personae'
Posted on 12/14/2008 5:21:01 PM PST by tcg
Do the cautions or negative judgments on such developments indicate a suspicious attitude toward modern biotechnology in general?
On the contrary, the document says that in making use of these new technological powers the human being participates in the creative power of God and acts as the steward of the value and intrinsic beauty of creation. It is because this power carries with it great responsibility that we must never misuse technology to demean human dignity, but always to serve the value and dignity of every person without exception. Misuse of genetic technology may make possible new forms of discrimination and oppression of the weak by the strong, in which some human beings exert ultimate control over others creating and destroying them for supposed benefit to others, manipulating them to make the better human being, or denying them their most fundamental rights because they do not measure up to someones standard for human perfection. Because science and technology have a great potential for doing both good and evil, they must be guided by an ethic grounded in human dignity.
(Excerpt) Read more at catholic.org ...
For others -- here is the document in a nutshell with a link to the encyclical.
|Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of a Person)|
|Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
|Dignitas Personae, an Instruction on ethical issues arising from biomedical research, was published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 12 December 2008. The Instruction defends the life of unborn human beings, created in the image of God, and provides guidance on how to respect human life and human procreation in our scientific age.|
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