In an address last Saturday to participants in a conference sponsored by the Pontifical Academy for Life,
The pope condemned the new eugenics for reducing man to a mere body, while ignoring other important dimensions of the human person. "Man," he said, "is greater than all of that which makes up his body; in fact, he carries with him the power of thought, which is always drawn to the truth about himself and the world."
"Every human being, then, is much more than a singular combination of genetic information that is transmitted to him by his parents. The generation of man can never be reduced to the mere reproduction of a new individual of the human species, as is the case with all other animals. Every appearance of a person in the world is always a new creation. If we want to enter into the mystery of human life, then it is necessary that no science isolate itself, pretending to have the last word."
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