Christ, our global Alpha and Omega!
FREE Catholic Classes
By Hugh McNichol
The recent declaration by Benedict XVI regarding the purpose of science and its intrinsic role as a service to humanity is indeed a welcome and anticipated statement on the sometimes contraindicated positions each discipline holds in respect to each other. Scientific pursuits are indeed called to enhance the situation of humanity, but there is also an obligation for science not to dominate humanity. The discussions of religion and science are literally as old as the multiple discussions that continue over evolution and creationism, the Big Bang Theory and the narrative of creation in Genesis and the perpetual pursuit for eternal life and extraterrestrial life.
The discussions thankfully will continue and the continuing contributions of the Catholic Church will be part of the developing appreciation of the developing relationship. There is essentially a continued revelation of God's mystery that seems to be going on here. Benedict XVI is indeed not the catalyst of the message, but is indeed the messenger of its interpretation. Faith and science are disciplines that transcend the comprehension of our human minds and imaginations, but as faithful Catholics, we should never exclude the potential of integration of each discipline as part of our unfolding understanding of salvation history.
Antagonists have at times suggested that in the history of the Catholic Church there has indeed been some adversity towards an appreciation of scientific discoveries on the part of the Church. This indeed is true; however it is becoming more clearly obvious that Benedict is calling the People of God into a greater recognition of the transcendent nature of our empirical and spiritual comprehensions of all human life.
As a collective Church, there seems to exist, a new openness towards a better understanding of the truly sacred integration faith and science both play in the global pursuit of human and scientific discovery. For the Catholic observer it is an opportunity for our faith to positively build on the quantitative discoveries and technologies of science and translate those points into a qualitative integration of global theological, ecological, political and social harmony.
When there is any type of discussion regarding the complimentary roles that science and theology might have in regards to each other, the Jesuit priest, paleontologist Teilhard De Chardin enters into my thoughts and mind. In his scientific works and in his theological writings, he suggested the possibility of such a relational development between science and theology and offered us Christ as the cosmological beginning and end of all creation, the Alpha and the Omega of all time and space and the ultimate conclusion to all scientific reason and discoveries. Maybe such a developmental understanding of Catholic and indeed global cosmology is what is evolving in the papacy of Benedict XVI and the living Catholic Church.
Whatever is happening , however tangible or intangible, sacred or profaned our faith in Jesus Christ through the life and ministry of the Church heralds all Catholic believers to join in an appreciation of the need for global scientific and theological harmony that draws all science and theology towards Christ...our Alpha & Omega.
TriNet Technologies Consultants Inc
http://verbumcarofactumest.blogspot.com DE, US
Hugh McNichol - Author, 302 6339348
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,717
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.