Science: Family Squabble

"Kind words about natural science come from eminent churchmen at regular intervals. Kind words about religion come from eminent scientists with somewhat less regularity . . . What is the actual relationship between American Catholics and natural science?" asks University of Notre Dame Scientist Julian Pleasants in the current Commonweal. "Is it a happy marriage, a divorce, or a simple case of nonsupport?"

The statistics, according to Pleasants, suggest nonsupport. Roman Catholic colleges turn out relatively few scientists, spend less than their share on scientific research. They apply for far less than their fair share of Government money earmarked for science. Fellowship...

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