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Eliminating any difference between sexes ‘is not right,’ pope says

While societies must find a way to overcome the subjugation of women, pretending there are no differences between men and women or even using technology to change a person’s sex is not the answer, Pope Francis said.

Using science “to radically eliminate any difference between the sexes, and, as a result, the covenant between man and woman, is not right,” the pope said on 5th October, opening the Pontifical Academy for Life’s general assembly.

“The biological and psychological manipulation of sexual difference, which biomedical technology now presents as a simple matter of personal choice – which it is not – risks eliminating the source of energy that nourishes the covenant between man and woman and makes it creative and fruitful,” the pope said.

Pope Francis offered several reflections for the academy’s consideration of humanity’s relationship with technology, particularly in a culture he described as egocentric and “obsessively centred on the sovereignty of man – as a species and as individuals – in relation to all of reality.”

Picture: Pope Francis addresses the general assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Vatican on 5th October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).