At a press conference yesterday, Fr. Tomasz Trafny, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture's science department, explained that the conference will seek both to publicize the achievements of medical science, and to reflect upon them from the perspective of the human sciences.
"We wish to raise some important and sometimes provocative questions", he
said, "such as whether the Hippocratic oath should be extended to all the life sciences, because today it is not only doctors but also laboratory scientists who have power to intervene in all phases of human life."
Click here to listen to an interview with Dr. Smith and to Fr. Trafny
about the upcoming Vatican congress, the ethical debate, and this promising research.