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Medical research ethics and “Laudato Si”

With the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato si”, it has been suggested that a change in position has been taking place in the Catholic church, especially in Italy, as regards its assessment of medical research ethics. However, as postulated in a recent article, “Pope Francis and the Italian scientific golden age” (The Lancet 387, 11-12, 2016), this thesis is very questionable and would necessitate much deeper discussion, since the Papal Encyclical merely gives continuity to what previous Popes have already said; by the same token, the Constitution Gaudium et spes, of Vatican Council II, has strongly acknowledged the value of scientific research. As a result of this policy, the Popes have promoted meetings between scientists, philosophers and members of the church, to better understand the relationships between Science and Faith.

La entrada Medical research ethics and “Laudato Si” aparece primero en Observatorio de Bioética, UCV.

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