Facts first: Vatican seeks scientific data before making judgments

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican believes scientific facts exist and it wants to hear about them from world-renowned scientists before it offers guidance on or criticism of related political, social or economic policies.

The facts and the practical responses to them are separate issues, but some Catholics do not understand that or object to it — and there is no lack of evidence for that in Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo’s inbox.

The bishop is chancellor of both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The two academies are holding a workshop Feb. 27-March 1 on preserving biodiversity.