Camillo Cardinal Ruini Camillo Cardinal Ruini
Function:
Cardinal Vicar of Roma, Italy
Title:
Cardinal Priest of S Agnese fuori le mura
Birthdate:
Feb 19, 1931
Country:
Italy
Elevated:
Jun 28, 1991
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English No Need to Fear Genome Discovery
Sept 10, 2004
"The Church has no reason to fear discoveries about the human genome." That was the message of Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the papal vicar for the Rome diocese, in a response to announcements that scientists had decoded the human genetic sequence.

Vatican, Feb. 13, 01 (CWNews.com) -- Cardinal Ruini said the latest discoveries should provide new evidence of the ties that link humans to other animals. At the same time, he cautioned, "there is a difference between us." Specifically the cardinal pointed to "the capacity of man to think and to be free."

"Man is a rational animal," Cardinal Ruini reminded his Roman audience. That fact makes the human race unique among the world's creatures.

In a separate address, broadcast on Vatican Radio, Bishop Elio Sgreccia of the Pontifical Academy for Life said that scientists have an obligation to inform the public about the ultimate consequences of their research, particularly when it involves genetic manipulation. He called attention to the various forms of experimentation on human subjects which "are written in the sobering pages of recent history." In some instances, he said, scientists had turned "not only against God but against mankind and society as well."
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