Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Vatican updates list of sins

This is interesting, the Vatican is literally trying to drag biotechnology into it's mythic shadow. This has actually been going on since the first recombinant DNA experiments were done a few decades ago (the potential for human cloning, using fetal tissue to establish stem cell lines, for example).

"Genetic manipulation" has it's own mythic shadow to deal with than trying to add it the one distributed by the Vatican's network. In biology, this process of engulfment is known as phagocytosis.
clipped from news.yahoo.com


VATICAN CITY - In olden days, the deadly sins included lust, gluttony and greed. Now, the Catholic Church says pollution, mind-damaging drugs and genetic experiments are on its updated thou-shalt-not list. Also receiving fresh attention by the Vatican was social injustice, along the lines of the age-old maxim: "The rich get richer while the poor get poorer."

In the Vatican's latest update on how God's law is being violated in today's world, Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, was asked by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano what, in his opinion, are the "new sins."

He cited "violations of the basic rights of human nature" through genetic manipulation, drugs that "weaken the mind and cloud intelligence," and the imbalance between the rich and the poor.

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2 comments:

Allison said...

Hey Chris-I hear you've got a 50th birthday coming up-Happy Birthday!

I thought about you, and specifically, your blog when I read this article in Newsweek on ways that meditation changes the brain-here's the link:

http://www.blog.newsweek.com/blogs/labnotes/archive/2008/03/25/the-lotus-and-the-synapse.aspx

Have a great time at the party (if it's still in the future, that is), and say hi to everyone for me!

PS-Congrats also on getting your proposal approved!

Chris said...

Thanks! It's too bad that our entire class isn't freeway close! I really miss our monthly gatherings.