Note to Richard Dawkins: The Church Needs Scientists
If there is one thing we hear time and time again, in particular from certain public individuals it is that the Catholic Church is 'anti-science'. Here are a couple of objective facts about the Church and Science.
Fact 1: In order to ascertain whether a healing has taken place due to a Saint's intercession, the Church employs, as you will see in the video above, independent medics and scientists in order to verify that a healing has taken place by virtue of a Miracle (something extraordinary in which a natural law is suspended).
Fact 2: The Church has a Pontifical Academy of Science for the study of...yep, you guess it...science. Just because this academy does not see a great need or any moral justification to begin human cloning does not make these people unscientific or dumb scientists or 'anti-science'. It makes these people scientists with consciences. Professor Steve Jones, former President of The Galton Institute (aka British Eugenics Society), please take note.
Fact 3: The Father of modern genetics was not an atheist, but was in fact, a 'Father'. That's right. Thanks to the work of Fr Gregor Johan Mendel, modern day geneticists at the Wellcome Trust are able to map out the Human Genome to do God alone knows what with the results.
Fact 4: Richard Dawkins is aware of all the above because he not a stupid and totally ignorant person at all. Richard Dawkins has an ideological opposition to the moral foundations upon which the world of science has, until the 21st century, been underpinned.
Professor Dawkins, along with Professor Steve Jones and all those other Professors at the Royal Society who advocate using unborn babies, fetuses and embryos for medical experimentation have no argument against the Catholic Church in terms of the Church being unscientific.
Far from it. The Church relies on science in order to make proclamations on the supernatural and in its own scientific interest in examining both the laws of and of exploring the reaches of, the Universe. What Dawkins and Jones despise is the claim that not only does science have limits in explaining the origin, source and destiny of all things, but the claim that scientific endeavour should take place in the context of the moral law founded in natural law and Divine Revelation, rather than a moral vacuum.
Personal Opinion: Dawkins is a publicity front man for a group of exceedingly wealthy and amoral scientists working at the Royal Society, who knows only too well that the one obstacle to creating a utopian scientific dictatorship is the objective moral law proclaimed by many religions, but most especially the Catholic Church.