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Pope endorses science? Old news

What does it mean to be anti-science? Fundamentally, being anti-science means maintaining false beliefs in the face of repeated evidence to the contrary, simply out of blind faith, writes Helen Andrews.

Media outlets like the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC seem to think that this description fits the Catholic Church. I think it is a far better fit for the elite media itself, at least when it comes to their attitudes toward Catholicism.

In an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences earlier this week, Pope Francis exhorted the scientists present to approach their vocation with a renewed sense of mission. By way of emphasising that researchers need not hold back in their quest for truth out of fear of discovering a truth contrary to Christian dogma, the Pope explained that God created nature’s laws just as surely as he created nature itself.

“The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it,” he said.     [Full Story]

We don’t go to any great effort or really think about living sustainably, and we’re not even a great example of it, but it is a part of our life and fits naturally with raising a larger family. [More]
I greatly admired Ron and Mavis Pirola’s views in relation to divorced Catholics not being allowed to receive Holy Communion, and the Church’s judgment and lack of compassion to homosexuality. [More]
Q: I was talking recently with a Protestant friend about praying for a mutual acquaintance who had passed away and she denied there was any need for it since there is no Purgatory. Is there any evidence in the early Church of prayer for the faithful departed? [More]
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Entire families navigate their smartphones while sharing meals at restaurants. Students text in class. Parents take phone calls at their children’s sporting events and plays. [More]
Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. [More]
The family is under attack now more than ever because of today’s culture of division that wants to break from and be free of all everlasting bonds and forms of solidarity, Pope Francis said. [More]
Matthew Tan has walked directly into one of the greatest unspoken fissures of Catholicism in Australia, or Australian Catholicism as some prefer to call it, of the past 50 years. [More]
Maureen Casey was “thrilled,” six years ago, when she was told that the school in which she’d be volunteering, having put herself forward to teach refugee students, was her very own alma mater, Bethlehem College in Ashfield. [More]
Western Sydney community leaders are tackling growing intolerance and social discord in the region with an Olive Ribbon campaign. [More]
Caritas Australia will share in $2.5 million of federal funding to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. [More]


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