The scientific community must not isolate itself in its own advancements and exclude religion from the search for ways to overcome today’s challenges, the Vatican secretary of state said this week. Source: Crux.
Citing Pope Francis’s call for an “interdisciplinary approach” on issues such as sustainability, Cardinal Pietro Parolin told participants at a scientific conference that science and religion must work together for the good of humanity.
An interdisciplinary approach “should not be limited to the exact sciences,” the cardinal said on Wednesday at the EuroScience Open Forum in Trieste, Italy.
“It should also include, for example, religion – which cannot be relegated to the sphere of the irrational – in all those forms of wisdom that humanity has developed over the course of history.”
According to its website, the EuroScience Open Forum, also known as ESOF, is a biennial conference that gathers scientists, political leaders, educators and journalists “to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science”.
In his address on the conference’s opening day, Cardinal Parolin highlighted the need for dialogue between science and faith in “envisioning and achieving a future of peaceful coexistence among people”.
Reflecting on humanity’s relationship with the environment, the Italian cardinal echoed the warnings of “an ever-growing number of voices from politicians, scientists and men and women of different religious confessions” that “humanity has produced a global impact that can no longer be undone”.
“If we want to survive and if we want life on this planet to survive, then we still have to learn to assume a responsibility for our common home on the global level,” he said. “At the same time, science by itself is not enough to resolve this problem.”
Science, religion not opposing sides in humanity’s progress, cardinal says (by Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS via Crux)