Vatican City, Nov 18, 2017 / 05:06 am
On Saturday Pope Francis praised the achievements of scientific and technological advancements, but cautioned that developments in the field have limits, and should be founded above all on the good of the human person.
"It remains always valid the principle that not everything that is technically possible or feasible is therefore ethically acceptable," the Pope said in his prepared remarks Nov. 18.
"Science, like any other human activity, knows that there are limits to be observed for the good of humanity itself, and requires a sense of ethical responsibility," he said, adding that in the words of Bl. Pope Paul VI, the true measure of progress "is that which is aimed at the good of every man and the whole man."
Pope Francis spoke on the last day of the Pontifical Council for Culture's Nov. 15-18 plenary titled "The Future of Humanity: New Challenges to Anthropology," and which took place inside the Vatican's old synod hall. Some 54 members and consultors of the council, including prelates and laity, participated.