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Groundbreaking Scientific Achievements of Catholic Scientists

A lot of people think the Church is ascientific—but it’s actually quite the opposite. In fact, some of the greatest scientific achievements of all time are directly owed to the Catholic Church

On this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys discuss some groundbreaking scientific achievements and contributions of the Catholic Church.


5 comments on Groundbreaking Scientific Achievements of Catholic Scientists

  1. Wow! The best show yet. I love the topics that you have chosen. I am learning so much and I thank you. The show is both entertaining and informative. Keep up the great work.

  2. Charmaine Schrader says:

    Loved the topic Groundbreaking Scientific Achievements of Catholic Scientists. So relevant now thank you

  3. Richard Bauman says:

    You folks missed one of the most important priest scientist of the 20th century. Father Julius Arthur Nieuwland, C.S.C., made one of the most important chemical discoveries of the 20th century. He invented neoprene, the first commercially successful synthetic rubber. It’s a product still in use today. The royalties from his patents were turned over to the University of Notre Dame.

  4. cowens says:

    A Bacon friar? Ba dum psh. 😀

  5. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    I have to watch Nacho Libre and it shouldn’t be too hard as I like comedy in general and Jack Black in particular. You guys keep recommending this movie. I need to check out Fr. Spitzer on EWTN again. I had tuned into Spitzer’s Universe program one day but he was lecturing more than expounding that day so I didn’t watch the entire show, I hate being lectured at as far as my behavior, but will try again as I have heard from you guys and others too that he has a brilliant mind. That was in evidence as well.

    Church Pop got me to your show and this web site is part of the EWTN network I have learned.

    People think of Galileo being under lock and key as well as Copernicus being banned when they say the Church is unscientific. I remember the bans on their theories. I know these examples pop up in my own mind as common examples of why many think the Church and science are always in conflict although I don’t believe the Church to be against science. Especially not in today’s world.

    The Church’s belief in intelligent design relies on science known today and being worked on. Fr. Georges Lemaitre I had heard about in relation to the Big Bang Theory. I didn’t know, however, he hung out with Einstein. Good point Ryan Scheel, none of us who try to think or use our ‘little grey cells’ subscribe to the theory that the universe came into existence only 6000-10,000 years ago.

    Do you think angels use the space/time continuum to move from eternity time to planet time? I wonder how much of an impact our physic(al) laws have on their existence, their actual beings. They are all around us always. In other words they are living with us on our planet.

    You are right Fr. Rich, thank God for monks because they are either praying or thinking which is how they arrive at scientific inventions that benefit mankind and keep bringing us forward as in progress. The Church is definitely not against progress. Progress brings us closer to God.

    I never knew the first woman to get a doctoral in computer science was a nun! Sr. Mary Kenneth Kelly in the 1960’s despite the male ban against women. Your facts are always so interesting and knowledgeable. ( Ryan D. I know men and women who should never touch an electronic device because it is the touch of death due to either their ignorance or their electromagnetic wave patterns. I had a guy who was under my desktop support network who kept calling us and swearing at us because his computer never worked, and every time we went there it had been unplugged! He was into constantly moving his office furniture around as opposed to actually working.)

    I had the Sisters of Notre Dame too Ryan Scheel. Good teaching nuns who I didn’t totally appreciate at the time. I was too busy doing detention some weeks because I just had to express my thoughts and opinions despite being told to sit down and be quiet.

    I never knew there were nuns donating their brains for Alzheimer research. That is wonderful. I too had Alzheimer’s in my family, it took a brother-in-law. Sorry about your grandfather Fr. Rich. Heartbreaking. We kept accepting our brother-in-law in all his incarnations during this disease until it finally took everything away from him including the breath of life.

    35 craters on the moon named after Jesuit astronomers was a total new fact learned! Our Catholic contributions are huge and virtually unknown. You guys could write a book on anecdotal Catholicism. I am antsy waiting for my first book being published October 1 or November 1. The process takes 6-10 months before publication.

    Copernicus and his contribution to science was a model of our solar system. That I remember from science classes, and it is amazing how he could figure that out during his time using the equipment he had at hand at that time. Yes, Ryan Scheel has a beautiful mind I so agree, Fr. Rich. Ryan S. and I may both be self-starters, if you will, as far as our intellectual curiosity but I do thank my 12 years of Notre Dame teaching nuns for the extended and solid basis of knowledge I went out into the world with. It was more comprehensive than public education and that is a statement of fact not brag of any kind. You have to have a love of learning to learn in the first place, and we can never learn everything there is to know because it is a moving target.

    I love picturing Fr. Rich floating on a cloud using his rain stick to rain down holy water upon vampires! I thought I was the only one with a sick mind but you guys happily share the same benefits.

    I also love how you always ask for our opinions or suggestions! I am so willing to comply. Opinions I am chock full of and may even have more than Ryan Scheel at times! So, as far as suggestions I think a show on Josephus could be a viable option. Some more shows on saints definitely and there is more than enough of them to go around. I think like 10,000 at least. I would like to learn the names of those who didn’t die as martyrs to their faith.

    I also think some of these podcasts would be great educational tools at the schools.

    Good show as usual and thank you! You guys are so unique and all around interesting.
    God bless us everyone as we all surely need His blessings daily“

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