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Cardinal Arinze attributes 11 Sep attacks to abortion, euthanasia

The Vatican said on Tuesday the 11 September 11 attacks in the United States were the product of a society that promotes the "culture of death", including abortion, euthanasia and genetic experiments on humans.

"The right to life is threatened precisely by today's highly advanced technology... creating a culture of death, in which abortion, euthanasia and genetic experiments on human life itself have already obtained or are on the way to obtaining legal recognition," Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze said in a letter to Buddhists posted on the Vatican website.

"How can we not make a correlation between this culture of death -- in which the most innocent, defenceless and critically ill human lives are threatened with death -- and terrorist attacks such as those of 11 September, in which thousands of innocent people were slaughtered?"

Arinze, who presides over the Vatican Council for Interreligious Dialogue, wrote the letter to Buddhists around the world to mark the Vesah 2002 celebrations of the anniversary of the birth of Buddha.

Arinze invited Buddhists to work with Catholics to protect human life and reject what he called today's "culture of death".

Message to Buddhists for the Feast of Vesakh 2002 - Buddhists and Christians: Promoting a Culture of Life for the Future


11 Apr 2002