December 19, 2008 § 2 Comments
Two days ago, Summer Johnson at bioethics.net posted a short blurb on the blog entitled “Who Cares if the Vatican Weighs in on Bioethics?”. I commented on the post but it was not published. This kind of sweeping “rhetorical” question, in my opinion, has no place in intellectual discussion of any kind Johnson says:
The Catholic church is neither in touch with or interested in developing recommendations for the 21st century to which its followers could or would adhere and it is not a government with police power, at best the Catholic church will do what it has just done. Take positions knowing full well that no real change will come of it.
Sigh. Something tells me that Fr. Nicanor, at least, would disagree.
The new instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which likely sparked the blog post above is well worth a read. It has given me a chance to meditate on the meaning of intellectual humility for the past few days, just to think about how those Catholics who are divided on the issues addressed in the instruction will have to come together at some point in the spirit of obedience and humility. Interesting…it appears I won the debate on the embryo adoption but lost on Dr. Hurlbut’s procedure. Read more commentary from Father Joe here.