Pope Francis: Church Rejoices at the Progress of Science; Encourages Sharing of Knowledge

 

Science and Faith

Science and Faith

Last week, Pope Francis addressed professors and students at the Vatican Observatory (Thanks to Gaudete Theology for the reference). It is an excellent read on the symbiotic relationship between science and faith in their mutual pursuit of truth. You can read the entire speech here but set forth below is an extended excerpt:

The Vatican Observatory School in Astrophysics is thus a place where young people the world over can engage in dialogue and collaboration, helping one another in the search for truth, which in this case is concretized in the study of galaxies.  This simple and practical initiative shows how the sciences can be a fitting and effective means for promoting peace and justice.

Here too we see a further reason for the Church’s commitment to dialogue with the sciences on the basis of the light provided by faith: it is her conviction that faith is capable of both expanding and enriching the horizons of reason (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 238).  In this dialogue, the Church rejoices in the marvelous progress of science, seeing it as a sign of the enormous God-given potential of the human mind (cf. ibid, 243), even as a mother rejoices and is rightly proud as her children grow “in wisdom, and age and grace” (Lk 2:52).

Finally, I would also encourage you to share with people in your own countries the knowledge about the universe which you have acquired.  Only a fraction of the global population has access to such knowledge, which opens the heart and the mind to the great questions which human beings have always asked:  Where do we come from?  Where are we going?  Does this universe made up of hundreds of millions of galaxies have any meaning? … The search for an answer to these questions can lead us to an encounter with the Creator, the loving Father, for “in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

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About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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6 Responses to Pope Francis: Church Rejoices at the Progress of Science; Encourages Sharing of Knowledge

  1. readingmater says:

    I enjoy your posts as Teilhard de Chardin has been an enormous influence in my life. But WHERE do you find the visuals you use?
    Today’s really caught me.

  2. Lynda says:

    It is so heartening to read that the Church is encouraging us to reflect on this relationship between science and faith in our pursuit of truth. For too long the Church was concerned that science would detract from faith and our society has been concerned that faith and science cannot co-exist in the truth. Thanks for drawing our attention to these wise works of Pope Francis.

  3. Seriously, I love this guy. I wish my mother was still alive. She’d want to go to Rome just to kiss him.

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