Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Vatican newspaper article challenges 'brain death' notion. . .

. . .but it did not create new church teaching

Serious thoughts deserve respectful interest. Serious as they may be, not all thoughts preempt or create new church teaching. A recent example is the article in L’Osservatore Romano about the moment of death as reviewed by Mr. John L. Allen Jr.
Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi was quick to say that while the L’Osservatore article was “interesting” and should be taken seriously, it does not create new church teaching.
This is a good way to read many serious thoughts about many things.

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