European Bishops Study Challenges of Bioethics

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, JUNE 22, 2001 ( Bioethics is the key topic in this year´s annual joint meeting of the 34 secretaries of the European bishops´ conferences, being held here from June 21-25.

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Father Aldo Giordano, secretary-general of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, explained that the topic was chosen in response to serious concerns about genetic manipulation and the legal status of the human embryo.

Bishops are also discussing euthanasia, legalized for the first time in history by the Dutch, and the concept of «family,» which «is being extended to the point that anything at all» now fits the idea, Father Giordano added.

Amid these challenges, the Church has two options, he explained. On one hand, it must «make culture» to show the beauty and grandeur of the life and dignity of man, in contrast to reductive views, he said.

On the other, the Church must be committed in the field of solidarity, to give testimony and «offer support to anyone who really wants to choose paths that are in keeping with man´s dignity,» the priest said.

Father Giordano added: «I think the new generations will have more vision, a wider horizon to understand the Church´s position and her desire to save man.»

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