» 11/06/2006, 00.00
Do not seek in science all the answers to man's problems, says Pope
Benedict XVI says there is no "necessary conflict" between science and faith, but technology and scientific progress cannot answer questions about the meaning of life and death. Scientists should not use their knowledge against human life.
Current crisis shows economics needs ethics and public intervention
The idea that markets are self-regulating has been proven wrong. Economics ought to be “an activity of and for human beings” rather than a spiral of production and consumption that satisfy narrowly defined human needs. Economic life should be properly seen as a as an exercise in human responsibility, intrinsically oriented towards the promotion of human dignity, the pursuit of the common good and the full development of people, families and societies.
Science cannot be the criterion of what is good, says Pope
Notwithstanding today’s prodigious scientific advances, man remains at the centre of creation and should not be the object of ideological manipulations and abuses. It is matter of resisting the temptation to circumscribe human identity to what is known and giving research a chance to find out who we are, where we are from and where we are going.
Pope notes "fruitful points of contact" between modern scientific research and Christian vision
Benedict XVI received members of the Pontifical Academy of Science on the occasion of its plenary session, where they are pondering the question of 'Complexity and Analogy in Science: Theoretical, Methodological and Epistemological Aspects". A "new vision of the unity" of research is bridging the gap between Christian philosophical and theological view of the universe.
Nature is not chaos but a “book whose author is God,” says Pope
In an address to the participants to the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Science Benedict XVI quotes a passage dear to Galileo. The Creator’s intervention cannot be limited to the beginning but is continuous. Thanks to natural sciences “we have greatly increased our understanding of the uniqueness of humanity’s place in the cosmos.”
Charity and justice should govern relations among peoples
The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences debates how to pursue this goal. Focus is on the social doctrine of the Church and ‘Deus Caritas est.’
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