A scientist pope and high-tech Catholicism: Column
Published 14 March 2013 by John Rigolizzo
When it comes to the technology of food production the Vatican remains true to its oldest principles while also standing at the forefront of science.
As Catholic cardinals selected Pope Francis in Rome on Wednesday, we watched an ancient church at its most medieval: obedient to tradition, cloaked in secrecy, and waiting for white smoke. The papal conclave appeared positively anti-modern.
Yet in another sense, the Vatican stands in the vanguard of science and technology. It's one of the world's strongest supporters of genetically modified (GM) crops.