Monday, March 10, 2008

public enemy #1

Did you know that the greatest danger zone for the modern soul is bioethics? I rather suspect that makes liberal bioethicists public enemy number one.

This news comes from the Catholic Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, second in charge of the Apostolic Penitentiary, which deals in deciding matters of conscience, sins, and penance.
Asked what he believed were today's "new sins," he told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the greatest danger zone for the modern soul was the largely uncharted world of bioethics.

"(Within bioethics) there are areas where we absolutely must denounce some violations of the fundamental rights of human nature through experiments and genetic manipulation whose outcome is difficult to predict and control," he said.
Which yes, I realize doesn't necessarily make the liberal bioethicists public enemy numero uno, but it certainly isn't going to place any of us cartographing this new world by liberal guidelines in graceful light.

Edited to add in: BoingBoing has the full list of the seven new social sins, and you'll note that bioethics is technically there twice, in the first and second spot, go us:
1. "Bioethical" violations such as birth control
2. "Morally dubious" experiments such as stem cell research
3. Drug abuse
4. Polluting the environment
5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor
6. Excessive wealth
7. Creating poverty

They're also considering holding a contest for a Bosch-ian version of the new sins; anyone game for a go? If so, click on through (and don't forget to share your art with us, too).

-Kelly

5 comments:

SabrinaW said...

Hmm... well, I can see why Drug Abuse is #3 - it leads to all the subsequent sins:
* Polluting the environment, check.
* Contributes to widening divide between rich and poor, check.
* Excessive wealth (if you're a drug maker), check
* Creating poverty (if you use recreational drugs or can't afford health care), check.

Hey, wait - they're cheating! The uninflated list should read:

1. Bioethics.
2. Bioethics.
3. Drugs.
4. Littering.
5. Money.
6. Money.
7. Money.

So even though Bioethics is listed above it, Money is actually the real problem since it's listed three times.

To use netsp33k: I lold.

MLO said...

Again, the Roman See shows its own lack of Scriptural acumen. It is the "love of money" that is the root of all evil. That means that anything that indicates a "love of money" is a greater sin than anything related solely to bioethics. (The money aspects not-withstanding.)

Of course, bioethics primarily benefit women - even empower them - so that does not go over well with the Roman patriarchy. History bears that out.

Anonymous said...

Oh, wait, Kelly, didn't you hear? Apparently, according one Oklahoma state rep, more dangerous than all of these combined AND terrorism is the 'militant homosexual agenda' (otherwise known as equality for gays):
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/79318/#more

Unbelievable.

Laurie said...

So if you're a rich bioethicist who drives an SUV, you're going to triple hot fudge hell.

Kelly Hills said...

Hm. Does this mean I'm on the single and a half hot fudge express? I have the SUV thing down, at least...