The Church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we’re probably better off leaving science to the scientists and focus on what we’re really good on, which is theology and morality. When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, then I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible.
Like abortion and contraception?
Two weeks from today, Mr Santorum expects to disagree with Laudato Sii, and I suppose that for those with certain commitments in the field of ecology and the natural public policy consequences of that there will be cheering or a retreat to the front porch. Suppose one had to choose between climate change skepticism and the unborn. Would that feel too much like a deal with the devil?
I’ve seen the meme surface today that Mr Santorum has fewer science degrees than Pope Francis. While I’ve heard the latter taught psychology and chemistry to high school students, I’m not sure about that. I do think the Vatican has more scientists at its disposal than the US Senators emeritus.
What do you think: should CS tackle the so-called ecology encyclical? While I’m not sure about the pope, I do know that I have more science degrees than my Catholic brother Mr Santorum. Will this be a matter of persuasion (psychology & diplomacy) more than it will be a matter of science?