Magisterium re-opens the Index Librorum Prohibitorum

September 30, 2013 § 4 Comments

The Faithful should read the motu proprio for themselves, but here is the central rationale:

A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to “debate” on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

Apparently issuing Fatwas is not enough to keep the heretics from blaspheming.  Fortunately, formation in seminaries is still reinforcing sound doctrine.

(HT commenter Maryland Bill at  Catholic and Enjoying It).

§ 4 Responses to Magisterium re-opens the Index Librorum Prohibitorum

  • Scott W. says:

    I can’t believe they let this slip:

    “If you carry out those results to their logical end–commenters shape public opinion; public opinion shapes public policy; public policy shapes how and whether and what research gets funded–you start to see why we feel compelled to hit the “off” switch.”

    All about the Benjamins…

  • c matt says:

    They actually said that?!?! So it is true, the fundamental forces of the universe are electricity, gravity, magnetism and funding.

  • Peter Blood says:

    As Bruce Charlton explained in “Not Even Trying”, science today is just a giant jobs bureaucracy churning useless research.

  • MarcusD says:

    From the same speech that introduced the term “military–industrial complex”:

    Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.

    Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

    -Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address (1961)

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