The relationship between science and the Catholic Church is a widely debated subject. The Catholic Church has often been a patron of sciences, especially in the foundation and funding of schools, universities and hospitals, and many clergy have been active in the sciences. There have been many renowned catholic scientists who have made great contributions in research and scientific discovery. The Catholic Church teaches that science and the Christian faith are complementary, as can be seen from the Catechism of the Catholic Church which states in regards to faith and science:
“Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth. [...] Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are” (CCC 159).
-Response given by Fr. Dominic Feehan, SHM