Aparecida 494-495: Faith and Science

As a science-trained citizen, I appreciate this reminder:

494. In the face of the false impression so widespread in our time, that faith and science are incompatible, the Church proclaims that faith is not irrational. “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to contemplation of truth.”(Fides et Ratio, preamble)

Pope John Paul II’s 1998 encyclical cited here. He was certainly a friend to the faith+science theme.

That is why we so esteem men and women of faith and science, who have learned to see in the beauty of nature the signs of Mystery, of God’s love and kindness, and they are bright signs that help understand that the book of nature and the sacred scripture speak of the same Word who became flesh.

495. We wish to esteem ever more venues of dialogue between faith and science, including in the mass media. One way to do so is by making known the ideas and work of great Catholic thinkers, especially from the twentieth century, as orientation for a proper understanding of science.

Check this list of lay Catholic scientists. Clergy, too.

Remember to check the English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference if you wish a deeper look at this document.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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