Transubstantiation (not)

The Pope has giv­en GM foods his impri­matur. In a study to be released next month, just in time for the EU agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters coun­cil debate on GM foods, the Vat­i­can will call for con­tin­u­ing research and use of GM pro­ce­dures to increase food avail­abil­i­ty.

” The Vat­i­can study will argue that the future of human­i­ty is at stake and that there is no room for the ide­o­log­i­cal argu­ments advanced by envi­ron­men­tal­ists. One Vat­i­can offi­cial said: ‘The Book of Gen­e­sis clear­ly estab­lish­es the dom­i­na­tion of man over nature. God has entrust­ed mankind to pre­serve nature but also to use it.’ … Vela­sio De Pao­lis, a pro­fes­sor of canon law at the Pon­tif­i­cal Urban Uni­ver­si­ty, said it was ‘easy to say no to GM food if your stom­ach is full’

Now, of course, this is not a state­ment ex cathe­dra on faith or morals and there­fore it is a fal­li­ble judge­ment.  What rem­e­dy do we have in case of error?  Tom Lehrer reminds us:


 If it is, try playin' it safer, Drink the wine and chew the wafer, Two, four, six, eight, Time to transubstantiate! 


Vat­i­can Rag

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