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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican last week

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican last week

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican last week

I was outraged after reading Pope Benedict's views about technology (Irish Independent, April 18). He stated that using technology is evil because it is mankind's attempt to "be like God". This is an invalid and dis-respectful statement about the impact of technology on humanity.

Historically, the Catholic Church has condemned the progress made by science and technology. Galileo's discovery that the earth revolved around the sun was met with horror and disgust. History has repeated itself once again with the Pope's latest statement. He firmly believes that the tsunami is a reminder that "our limitations have also remained".

That is a shocking perspective on a natural disaster that affected millions of people. How can he link a disaster of this scale with the evils of technology?

Technology has improved our world vastly. It has advanced human knowledge and allows those with disabilities to live normal lives.

A deaf person can watch television and keep up with daily news because of subtitling. They can communicate via text messaging. Some can even hear, assisted by hearing aids. Technology has the potential to impact our world positively. How are we "playing God" if we use it for the benefit of humanity?

Bernard O'Reilly
Churchtown, Dublin 14

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