• September 10, 2021

Top Popes’ Quotes About Science

 Top Popes’ Quotes About Science


1. The Church in favour of science

“The Church and her Pastors are not opposed to true and solid science, whether human or divine, but that they embrace it, encourage it, and promote it with the fullest possible dedication.”
Pope Leo 13th, Vatican Observatory, 1891

2. Science is a gift

“Art along with science is the highest gift God has given [man]”.
Pope Benedict 16th (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger), Interview with Peter Seewald – The Salt of the Earth (book), 1997

3. Science and religion need each other

“Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.”
Pope John Paul 2nd, Letter to Director of the Vatican Observatory, 1988

4. The Church does not forbid the doctrine of evolution

“The teaching authority of the Church does not forbid that, in conformity with the present state of human sciences and sacred theology, research and discussions . . . take place with regard to the doctrine of evolution, in as far as it inquires into the origin of the human body as coming from pre-existent and living matter—[but] the Catholic faith obliges us to hold that souls are immediately created by God.”
Pope Pius 12th, Humani Generis, 1950, 36

5. The Big Bang Theory is not in conflict with the notion of Creation

“The Big Bang theory, which is proposed today as the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of a divine creator but depends on it. Evolution in nature does not conflict with the notion of Creation, because evolution presupposes the creation of beings who evolve.”
Pope Francis, I Believe: The Promise of the Creed (book), 2016

6. There is no discrepancy between faith and reason

“Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth.”
 Catechism of the Catholic Church 159

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