- Jan 22, 2020
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno is the Director of the Vatican Observatory, and spoke to Crux about the relationship between religion and science.
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, told a crowd at a Troy Catholic Church that “the study of the universe is an act of worship.”
A Catholic parish hosted an eclipse-watching party, as parishioners and visitors wonder at God’s creation. Some travelers made their way to a field the parish owns across the street from the church. Spots were going for $10. Some stayed overnight, camping in tents or in the back of their vehicle. Others, arrived in the pre-dawn hours eager to catch the spectacle.
Most people in small towns in the United States never expect to meet an official from the Vatican. Due to its prime position for viewing the eclipse, a small town in Kentucky is receiving a visit from the man who runs the Vatican Observatory.
Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican observatory, says, “It (science) always makes my faith stronger because it makes my relationship with the Creator much richer. When I go to pray, the God I encounter in prayer I compare with the God I encounter in creation. And see it is the same God.”
The Vatican Observatory is hosting a major May 9-12 conference on “Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Space-Time Singularities,” underlining the point that science and religion can actually get along. The director of the observatory says it might help if more scientists who are believers “came out,” sharing their faith.