The global Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted humanity’s vulnerability and interdependence, as well as serious social and economic inequalities, the Pontifical Academy for Life said in a new document.
The eight-page reflection, ‘Humana Communitas’ in the Age of Pandemic, details a number of key and ‘untimely meditations on life’s rebirth’ in the face of a global health, environmental and economic crisis. They are ‘untimely’ or ‘old-fashioned’, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, academy president, said in a written statement, because such reflections do not seem to be a popular or ‘fashionable’ part of the current debate.
‘At a time when life seems suspended and we are struck by the death of loved ones and the loss of reference points for our society, we cannot limit ourselves to discussing the price of masks or the reopening date of schools,’ he said.
‘We will have to take the opportunity and find the courage to discuss better conditions to transform the market and education instead,’ he added.
There has to be a recognition of the universal fragility of the human condition, a profound rethinking of humanity’s purpose in the world and a concerted effort to rebuild models of coexistence, health care and development, he said.
‘We are all in the same storm, but not on the same boat,’ with many communities’ resources and infrastructures being so fragile or lacking that these communities ‘sink more easily’, Archbishop Paglia said.
Picture: Children wearing face masks play in the water along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea as they visit Zikim Beach, Israel, on 21st July 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Amir Cohen, Reuters).