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Pope to Academy for Life: the Church must participate in the current cultural revolution

This was the welcome Pope Francis received when he kicked off the Pontifical Academy for Life's workshop, “Accompanying Life: New Responsibilities in the Technological Era.”

Surrounded by the academy's president, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Fr. Renzo Pegoraro, he spoke about his desire for the Church when facing the current cultural revolution

“There is a real cultural revolution on the horizon of history at this time. The Church must, first and foremost, be part of it. In this perspective, it is essential to honestly recognize her weaknesses and shortcomings. Forms of subordination that have sadly characterized women's history should definitely be abandoned. A new beginning must be written in the ethos of the peoples, and this can be done by a renewed culture of identity and difference.”

He also spoke about current pressing ethical issues, including the gender identity crisis and gender dysphoria.

“The understanding of man and woman is not right. Instead of countering the negative interpretations of sexual difference, which harm the irreducible value of human dignity, now the goal is to actually erase this difference, proposing techniques and practices that make it irrelevant for the development of each person and human relations.”

Then, as Pope Francis continued on the theme of human dignity at every stage of life, one of the smallest in the crowd also voiced his opinion. 

“Almost without realizing it, we now build cities increasingly hostile to children and communities increasingly inhospitable for elderly. The residences have walls without doors or windows, and while they should protect, they only suffocate.”

In the two days of the conference, discussions take place on the ethical approach to subjects such as the impact of technology on human life, the anthropological aspects of parenthood, the cultural features of the civilization of efficiency, and the relationship between technology, justice, and economic resources.