Catholic Church Has the Right to Proscribe False Science

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Catholic Church Has the Right to Proscribe False Science

Post by flatterme on Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:50 am

Vatican I,Canons and Decrees, Chapter III: Of Faith, says:
... all those things are to be believed with divine and Catholic faith which are contained in the Word of God,, written or handed down, and which the Church, either by a solemn judgment or by her ordinary teaching (magisterium),proposes for belief as having been divinely revealed. ... ... although faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason; since the same God Who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, and God cannot deny Himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth. The false appearance of such a contradiction is mainly due, either to the dogmas of faith not having been understood and expounded according to the mind of the Church, or to the inventions of opinion having been taken for the verdicts of reason. We define, therefore, that every assertion contrary to a truth of enlightened faith is utterly false. Further, the Church, which together with the apostolic office of teaching, has received a charge to guard the deposit of faith, derives from God the right and the duty of proscribing false science, lest any should be deceived by philosophy and vain deceit (can.ii) Therefore all faithful Christians are not only forbidden to defend as legitimate conclusions of science such opinions as are known to be contrary to the doctrines of faith, especially if they have been condemned by the Church, but are altogether bound to account them as errors which put on the fallacious appearance of truth. (D1797-Cool


The saints have consistently taught earth is flat and geocentric even if some came to believe in the globe. The statement above stands in defense of the condemnations of Copernicanism for two reasons. Geocentric flat earth is the only model ever taught by the saints and therefore constitutes Tradition. And the Church, having condemned the Copernican Doctrine of the moving globe, has the right to proscribe false science during the Galileo Affair.

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