15 ACCOMPANYING LIFE: New responsibilities in a technological age - Dr Pascoal Carvalho

posted Apr 5, 2018, 9:31 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 9:32 AM ]
We must always, anyway and anywhere be pro-life," Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President, Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV), stated, while presenting the first general assembly of the renewed PAV. The members of PAV include a mix of clergy and laity, and also featuring a number of non-Catholics, including other Christians, followers of other religions, and non-believers.

The Pontifical Academy for Life held at the Vatican in October 2017 its first general assembly after Pope Francis' overhaul of its membership, emphasising its intention to broaden the meaning of the term "life" to include the complete arc of human existence, as well as topics such as the environment, technology and immigration.

"It is obvious that being 'pro-life' means, even for the Academy, to rethink the semantic value of the term life, which cannot be reduced to a perspective that is uniquely bio-ethical," said the Italian Archbishop Paglia.

Keeping with tradition, during the General Assembly, the Academy hosted a Congress, called 'Accompanying Life: New responsibilities in a technological age', on accompanying human life in the digital era, particularly with regard to the medical field. Stressing the connection between human life and technology, the Academy takes up and enlarges the theme originally announced, re-entering it into the contemporary cultural context, within which the present ethical challenges and the Christian proposals which the Catholic Church continuously safeguards and proclaims should be included. PAV explored both the benefits and limits of new technology, and what those mean for the Church and the world today.

Pope Francis, whilst receiving the participants in audience, emphasised that it is urgent to intensify the study and exchange views on the effects of such evolution of society in a technological sense to articulate an anthropological synthesis able to face this epochal challenge.