Volume 14, 2009
Msgr. Robert Batule
Conference Address on Biotechnological Change
In the field of biotechnology, developments are far-reaching and frequent. As soon as we hear of one breakthrough, another is usually not far behind. The pace of change alone has made conditions unfavorable for the kind of moral analysis that is needed. As we struggle to keep up with all that is new on the scientific side of the field, we ought to turn to something that is old—as in forty years old now—for critical moral discernment. At a conference on biotechnology last year at the
Catholic Studies Center of the Nassau Community College in Garden City, NewYork, Msgr. Robert J. Batule, Professor of Systematic Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York, noted how the encyclical Humanae Vitae at 40 is helping us to respond intelligently and humanely to the challenges arising from rapid technological change. Here is the address he offered on the occasion.