The Pontifical Academy for Life has issued a Note on the Covid-19 emergency entitled “Pandemic and Universal Brotherhood”. The document calls for “an alliance between science and humanism” that should guide our response to the crisis, according to Vatican News.
The current situation has led us to understand “the precariousness that radically characterizes our human condition”. We are not “masters of our own fate”; on the contrary, our lives are interconnected and interrelated. This leads to an awareness “of the reciprocity that is at the basis of our life”.
Noting the concerns that have arisen with regard to personal rights and freedoms, the Academy asserts that rights have corresponding duties. “The coexistence of free and equal persons is an exquisitely ethical question, not a technical one”.