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Vatican health care official warns 'global ethic' will wipe out Christian values

Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers president Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragán has warned Christian values will be replaced with a "universal ethic" as part of the movement towards globalisation.

Barragán's analysis of the "new paradigm" was published in Tuesday's Italian edition of the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

He suggested the secularising trend is influenced by a number of "ideologies", including eclecticism, historicism, "scientific spirit", pragmatism and nihilism.

Barragán said some of the values presented by the New Paradigm can be shared. He cited concern for the environment, human rights, respect for minorities, democracy, social justice, health and education for all.

However, the New Paradigm manifests itself "as a new spirituality that supplants all religions, because the latter have been unable to preserve the ecosystem". In a word, this is "a new secular religion, a religion without God, or if you prefer, a new God that is the earth itself with the name GAIA," he said.


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