.- Italian Vatican analyst Sandro Magister is releasing a long dialogue Cardinal Martini sustained with Ignazio Marino, famous Italian bio-ethicist, and director of the Center of transplants of the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, about abortion, in-vitro fecundation and contraception
And the answer is: ânot immediatly with conception, but afterâ said Cardinal Martini, about when life starts, âwith the consequences that derive from it,â added Magister. The long dialogue between the two men will be released in the next issue of the weekly âLâespresso,â a center-left weekly tomorrow, it will be made available by Sandro Magister in his website in English
The Jesuit Cardinal, now 79, a great specialist of Holy Scriptures, and former Archbishop of Milan from 1979 to 2002, lives today in Jerusalem, where he resumed his biblical studies. During the pontificate of John Paul II, Cardinal Martini was known to be the preeminent representante of the âprogressiveâ opposition. The same opinion continues to be circulate about him regarding the new pope.
On the issues tackled in the dialogue, Cardinal Martini seldom expressed his views, even during the heated debate in his country about allowing artificial fecundation. He questionned the Churchâs official position who is intransigent in defending âeach human life from conception to naturla death, with no exception.
Precisely, Cardinal Martini approves the use of âovocites at the state of two pronucleus.â According to him and Professor Marino, at this stage following fecundation, âno singular and definit sign of human life appears, itâs not an embryo yet and therefore it can be manipulated with no formal moral objection.â
On euthanasia, he says âWe can never approve of it,â but he adds we shouldnât âcondemn persons that carries out such an act on the demand of persons reduced and by pure altruistic feelings.â
He advocates for the same respect for persons who follow their consciences in these extreme cases.â
The full article can be read in Italian: www.chiesa.espressonline.it/index.jsp?eng=y