ROMANIA: SGRECCIA AT THE MEETING ON "HUMANAE VITAE", "EVERYONE HAS TURNED THEIR BACKS ON LIFE"

"It seems not only the current culture has turned its back on the concept that had inspired the Humanae Vitae", but "also science and biotechnology have set up research for a new building of sexuality, of procreation and the family". The alert was relayed yesterday in Bucharest by mgr. Elio Sgreccia, president of the Papal Pro-Life Academy as he spoke at the meeting promoted from 27 to 28 May in the Romanian capital by the Roman Catholic Theological Institute "Santa Teresa" about: "Humanae vitae between modernity and challenge. A modern response to a centuries-old problem". "Over the last ten years – said mgr. Sgreccia –, the intercepting techniques (such as the RU486) have associated abortion with the image of contraception. Everything now looks like a huge technological, financial and political effort to separate the uniting dimension of the conjugal act with its procreative dimension: ‘yes to sexual intercourse, no to a child’". This is the current situation, which has been brought about by a long historical process, with a first stage (in the ’60s-’80s) in which contraception and abortion "aimed at liberating sex, separating it from procreation". (continued)

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