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Catholic Church has the ‘right and authority to veto scientific conclusions’ that contradict its dogma

THERE are moments when I see something on the Internet that pulls me up so short that I’m left wondering whether I’ll ever get the skid-marks off the marble floor.

Here’s one quote I stumbled across late last night in an article about superintelligent robots.

We need supreme guidance, just like children need teachers. St Thomas said that ‘without faith in God the human race would remain in the blackest shadows of ignorance’.

Much of the human race, as we point out here on a daily basis, remains “in the blackest shadows of ignorance” precisely because of faith in God.

But what stopped me in my tracks was that quote did not come from someone really, really stoopid like, say, the Stephen “Birdshit” Green, Baroness Warsi, or the Governor of Texas, but:

 A former scientist turned homemaker, and joyful convert to Catholicism.

Stacy Trasancos has a PhD in Chemistry, has just completed a MA in Dogmatic Theology, and has written a book Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr  Stanley L Jaki.

Stacy Trasancos, proudly Catholic, proudly pregnant.

Stacy Trasancos, proudly Catholic, proudly pregnant.

According to this article, Jaki – an Hungarian Benedictine monk and physicist who died in Madrid in 2009 at the age of 83 – was the best Catholicism could offer as an antidote to:

 The rise of the ‘new atheism’ and such figures as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, etc.

The late Fr Jaki

The late Fr Jaki

The author, Thomas D. Watts, Ph.D, wrote that:

Jaki argued persuasively and profoundly that Enlightenment philosophes, thinkers and writers (on down to the present) have been mistaken about Christianity and science. For them, Christianity supposedly inhibited, and even oppressed, science.

But Jaki, along with his great mentor Pierre Duhem, knew that the opposite had occurred. In The Savior of Science (2000), Jaki revealed the Christian foundations of modern science.He examined the failed attempts at a sustained science on the part of the ancient cultures of Greece, China, India, and the early Muslim empire.

Christian monotheism alone provided epistemological underpinnings for scientific endeavour.

In her paean to Jaki, Texas-raised Stacy Trasancos, a mother of seven and a convert to Catholicism in 2006,  says of her book in an article entitled “Without Dogma Science is Lost”:

[It’s] not just a book you can read, but a book you can use to explain the startling claim that science needs to be guided by faith, and that the Catholic Church has a legitimate right and authority to veto scientific conclusions that directly contradict her dogma.

This is not about the Church being against science, but about the Church being a guardian of truth. There is no purpose to science if it is not about the truth.

103 Responses to “Catholic Church has the ‘right and authority to veto scientific conclusions’ that contradict its dogma”

  1. David Anderson says:

    Here’s an idea Richard B. Pony up some evidence of your sky fairy. If you can’t, everything you write is just opinión and bullshit.

  2. 1859 says:

    Odd: there are some people in this world who use language clearly and precisely, so that you understand exactly what they are saying. Matt+Westwood, barriejohn, Angela-K etc., are like this.

    Then there are others whose use of language has an odd narcissistic flavour that oozes out between the lines of what they write. Their arguments seem to go around and around in pretentious circles, almost as if they are getting high at the sight and sound of their own words. Richard B you are like this. You are clearly enjoying the attention and, let’s be honest, you are not really interested in a rational debate – that’s just a front. You are too much in love with yourself. You cannot stop looking in the mirror. All the philosophical claptrap in your posts (dropping here and there such words as ‘metaphysical’, ‘amygdala’ and ‘truth theories’) says more about your rigid limitations than about your readiness to think differently. What are you? A mongoose trying to mesmerise yourself? As barriejohn said ‘You don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.’

    Or, if you do, then please take your finger out of your arse and be honest with yourself.

  3. barriejohn says:

    1859: How do I live up to that?

    JohnMWhite: Don’t get me started on C S Lewis! As an intelligent, thinking young Christian I was obviously plagued by “doubts” (most are, I can assure you), and read widely in an effort to bolster my faith. When I came across Lewis I thought: “Ah, this is it. This is what I have been looking for.” Oh dear – I very soon discovered why my evangelical friends hardly ever referred to him. There is no substance in his writings whatsoever, and although The Screwtape Letters are very amusing, the book is a “mere” flight of fancy, with very little Biblical foundation. Like Broga – who approached things from an atheist perspective, in the search for truth – I also read Teilhard de Chardin, Buber, Tillich et al, despite warnings that such writings were “dangerous” to the young Christian mind (you’re not supposed to think for yourself). None were satisfying. During my student days the “Honest to God” storm broke, and I flirted with Robinson’s position, but you can’t align it with the scriptural position no matter how hard you try. It all boils down to pure semantics. As you say, they employ circular logic, having already made the assumption that Jesus is, in some way, the “Son of God”, and flail around trying to fit that view with reality. As I have said before, David Jenkins received the same treatment from the press as Robinson, depite being a highly intelligent and lucid man, who had more of a grasp on reality than their favourite bishops, but the same questions remain: why Jesus, why Judaism, why Christianity? Where is the evidence that this “God” even exists as a being with a personality and will of his own, let alone the ability to interfere in any way in human affairs? @1859 is going to take back all his kind remarks about my comments now, I feel sure!