OK everyone, this is a major call to action, and I believe it is a call to urgent action.
I refer, of course, to the middle section of the first paragraph. (Thanks to Eli for alerting me.)
The first thing we can say is that this is a classic case of "Gandhi stage 3", the acknowledgement of a radical position at the level of taking the trouble to voice opposition to it. But there's more.
I have no knowledge of the Vatican's decision-making process, but I think it is pretty certain that the Pope does not address random topics in his second-most high-profile speech of the year without a great deal of prior analysis and preparation. The appearance of radical life extension in this homily is thus a sign that we are making far more impact than we might have assumed. Given the wealth commanded by those who take their orders from a higher power, the potential impact of a moderately positive view on the part of the Vatican, or even of an acceptance that there is a case to answer, could be absolutely massive.
So... what can we do with this?
I think there is one big risk, which is that the Vatican will become aware that they have ventured into territory of which they know little and will clam up and let the topic fade into the distance. There may be a chance to avert that scenario, by developing a line of communication soon that helps the Vatican to evolve their current position into a more rounded one. Whether we can in fact do that depends critically, I suspect, on first impressions: on finding a way to approach them constructively and non-antagonistically.
But how can we do that?
Ideas please. Please email me (email@example.com) as well as posting here.