Where does Infinite Dignity meet finite reality?

Bill Uren, SJ, AO, is a Scholar-in-residence at Newman College at the University of Melbourne. In this article (first published in Eureka Street on 24 April 2024, and reprinted here with permission of Eureka Street and the author) Bill reflects on the recent Vatican Declaration on Human Dignity which has occasioned much reaction around the world especially in relation to gender theory. Bill notes in particular the lack of a pastoral approach in this document which has been present in other recent Papal and Vatican teachings. A former Provincial Superior of the Australian and New Zealand Jesuits, he has lectured in moral philosophy and bioethics in universities in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and has served on the Australian Health Ethics Committee and many clinical and human research ethics committees in universities, hospitals and research centres.

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