Church hostile to science
Sir -- I wish to correct some gross errors in relation to Eilis O'Hanlon's naive article in the Sunday Independent (September 19) regarding her statement: "Faith still leaves room for science, which is how science and religion have co-existed for centuries." Indeed, man has long asked the question, "Where do we come from?" -- to which the Catholic Church answered, "God and Creation, as described in the book of Genesis."
As history has continually shown, the Church is loathe to be proven wrong, and the appearance of new explanations has been threatening, resulting in a hostile reaction to these scientific heretics.
If we were to blindly believe the Church, then we'd believe the Earth is flat and the centre of the universe, that the universe was created in six days, etc. History has consistently shown how scientists that tried to enlighten and advance man's understanding of our universe were repeatedly punished, ridiculed and/or tortured.