The Electric Commentary

Monday, August 23, 2004

The pot calling the kettle black.

The Pope recently issued a statement condemning human cloning for scientific research and "the arrogance of man." He noted:

"The sense of power that every technical progress inspires in man is well known. The attempt by man to appropriate the source of life by experimenting with human cloning is example enough."

So what does John Paul 2 think about the sense of power inspired by a really old book, legions of followers, a ceiling painted by Michelangelo, a silly hat and a throne?

He also notes:

"The way taught by Christ is another: it is that of respect for human beings."

So why doesn't he show some respect for human beings and let science develop treatments for the diseases that plague so many of them if, afterall, that is the way of Christ.


  • Papal Comments
    Found in Vatican Archive


    It has recently come to my attention that man has not only mastered the art of flight, but has also taken to building larger and better autogyros. Can this be what the Lord intended? Man was placed on the Earth, and wings, reserved for the likes of Gabriel. When Lucifer fell, he FELL! He was stripped of his power and his wings. Clearly the only way man should be flying is through virtue and not through some contraption of gearshafts and wicker baskets. We must put a stop to this at once!

    Man has neither the instinctual tendencies, nor the moral fiber to handle such endeavors as soaring through the realm of heaven. Birds and insects, on the other hand, are bound below by their inherent properties, as they were created to be. Man, even in this early stage of flight, has already soared to the heights of mountains! Surely the ancient Tower of Babel could not have stretched much higher. The great giant that persuaded man to that folly is nothing when compared to the lure of man's own arrogance.

    I fear it may already be to late. The great giant at the tower desired only to reach the heavenly gates. One would think that this new breed of "scientist" wants to eclipse paradise itself, what with their prattlings about "vaccines," "motorcars," and "toilets." I tell you that even if we try we will not be allowed this feat! We shall suffer the same fate of all arrogant peoples. Destruction.

    We must ban these infernal machines, lest are youths grow up in a world where a mongrel heathen may simply fly to this great land in a manner of minutes! Let us instead invest further in the rail. Truly, transportation peaked with the great laying of the track. It is horizontal and utterly human, not reaching up towards the divine. Truly, the train shall last as long as there is earth.

    Next week:
    Vaccines. Do the wicked deserve to be healthy?

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 11:23 AM  

  • That comment would have sounded more realistic (as coming from the Catholic church) if you had dated it 1985.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 1:41 PM  

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