VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict warned Monday of the "seductive" powers of
science that overpower man's spirituality, reviving the science-versus-religion
debate which recently forced him to cancel a speech after student protests.
More seductive that alter boys in choir robes? Well, now we know how to solve THAT problem. We'll just send a subscription to Popular Science to every priest in the world.
"In an age when scientific developments attract and seduce with the
possibilities they offer...
POPE: Don't mind the man behind the curtain...it's God, I tell you! He can help you with all your problems...not science!
it's more important than ever to educate our contemporaries' consciences so
that science does not become the criterion for goodness," he told scientists.
And, forget science, since when did Catholicism become a criterion for goodness? I've had about all the Catholic education I want, thankyouverymuch.
Scientific investigation should be accompanied by "research into
anthropology, philosophy and theology" to give insight into "man's own mystery,
because no science can say who man is, where he comes from or where he is
going", the Pope said.
Science should be accompanied by theology? In what world? Science doesn't claim to tell man where they come from (evolution has a great theory, though) or where they're going. Interestingly enough, Catholics do try to tell you where you're going...I demand answers and evidence from the Pope. If he knows where we're going, then he should treat his own claims with the same expectation of evidence that he wants from science.
"Man is not the fruit of chance or a bundle of convergences, determinisms or
physical and chemical reactions," he told a meeting of academics of different
disciplines sponsored by the Paris Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of
Nah. It's more likely we're the sock puppets of a big man in the sky with a great big book of multiple choice and that there are half-human entities with wings that fly around and do God's business and a bunch of dead people who are looking after us and pumping sales for their medals and holidays. OH! And, Mary was a virgin. Yeah...far more likely.
The Pope reiterated a plea, made in many speeches since his election in
2005, for mankind to be "respected as the centre of creation" and not relegated
by more short-term interests.
Short term interests like church?
The conservative German-born Pope's public stand on issues such as abortion and
embryonic stem-cell research has led critics to accuse him of holding antiquated
views on science.
If the pointy-hat fits, then for Buddha's sake...wear it!
Students and teachers at Rome's La Sapienza university – which was founded by a
pope more than 700 years ago – cited such views when they protested so loudly
during a papal speech scheduled for Jan. 17 that it had to be cancelled.
In particular, they criticized his views on science, saying a speech he gave in
1990 showed he would have favoured the church's 17th-century heresy trial
Exxxxxxcelent. *does my Mr. Burns impression* Shall we release the hounds?
The Vatican said the protesters misunderstood that speech, made about 17 years
ago when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
Wha'? Cuz'...like, now he's Darth Vader or something? Is this one of those screwy SAT questions where Cardinal Joseph : Anakin Skywaler what The Pope: Darth Vadar?