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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Do Mad Scientists Control the World?
Dear Mr. Martinez,
One wonders why so many politicians wish to protect the kind of experiments which, just a few decades ago, would have been conducted only in horror movies featuring mad scientists. In the present instance, I refer to the proposed legislation in the United Kingdom permitting the creation of hybrid human-animal embryos.
I suppose one does not really need to wonder for very long. In our fallen state, we have a powerful thirst for total autonomy and a painless way to cheat death. It's as if someone is whispering in our ears: "You certainly will not die! No, God knows well that the moment you [do this] your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods" (Gn 3:4-5).
What one really wonders is how a serpent with a crushed head can still speak persuasively. Anyway, the Church in the UK is putting up a fight. See, among other evidence, the letter from the bishops of Scotland: Scottish Bishops' Pastoral on Human Embryo Legislation.
In league with the mad scientists is basketball coach Rick Majerus of St. Louis University, whose outspoken defense of abortion rights and stem-cell research has drawn the ire of his bishop, Raymond Burke. Sports fans don't often get this kind of story, so we're following up our previously-cited blog entry with an interview given by Archbishop Burke entitled Catholic Identity.
One more bit of gloom and doom before we turn to something brighter. I promised to say more about the Pope's final words to the Jesuits, because it is clear that Benedict is rejecting the Order's own self-assessment. That's fairly significant; I want to be sure everybody gets it: The Pope and the Jesuits: Explaining the Problem.
What's Good is Very Good
Some time ago I referred to a question and answer session between Pope Benedict and seminarians. Now the Vatican has published a similar Q&A session with priests in Rome. It enables us to witness a spontaneous demonstration of our Holy Father's pastoral care, warmth, wisdom and spiritual depth, all of which I find enormously encouraging.
See if you respond the same way: Pope Speaks with Roman Priests on Lent, Evangelization, Judgment.
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