Three Principles at the Root of All Human Progress

Source: FSSPX News

Pope Francis

When he received the participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture for an audience on November 18, 2017, Pope Francis gave three principles that are the rule for any true progress in the field of science and technology.

The first principle concerns the human person, “which must be considered an end and not a means”. Man needs to recover a “harmonious relation to creation,” he explained, and not see himself as “a despot guarding God’s legacy but rather as a loving custodian of the work of the Creator”. 

The second principle given by Francis is that of the universal destination of goods: “Scientific and technological progress serve the good of all humanity, and their benefits cannot be of advantage only to a few.”

Lastly, the pope gave a third principle according to which “not all that is technically possible or feasible is therefore ethically acceptable”. Science, warned the successor of Peter, “like any other human activity, knows that there are limits to be observed for the good of humanity itself, and requires a sense of ethical responsibility.”