"CATHOLIC SCHOOLS TEACH YOU DINOSAURS WERE MADE UP TO LEAD U AWAY FROM GOD!!!"
yeah no i’d really like to know what sort of catholic school op went to (not reblogging the actual post bc i’m a weenie) bc neither the one I briefly went to when i was little nor any of the ones any of my friends from catholic schools went to taught anything even remotely similar to that
what i’m saying is I smell a “i made this up so i could get more notes, durr” type of post
Are we near a farm? Because I’m looking at a huge, steaming pile of bullshit.
I have gone to Catholic school since kindergarten. Hell, even my college is Catholic! And I have never, ever, EVER been told any lies about science. Hell, when I used to want to be a paleontologist (or a person who studies fossils), my teachers were very supportive and encouraged me to learn all that I could.
My first year of high school, I heard this amazing quote from Pope John Paul II:
"Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves." (source)
In other words, you can’t have faith without reason or reason without faith. You can’t shun reason and rely on blind faith alone (Christian fundamentalists for example) and you can’t only rely on reason and never believe in things you can’t see or touch (some militant atheists, for example).
Catholicism believes that it’s a great disservice to God to shun knowledge and deny the full extent of His creation (and no, don’t bring up shit from the Middle Ages, that was hundreds of years ago). The universe is filled with unending wonders that mankind will never fully understand; they aren’t proof that God doesn’t exist, they’re a testament to His genius and awesome power.
Also, Catholics do believe in evolution. You can read a more in-depth view of the Catholic stance on evolution here, but basically we believe that evolution is a very real thing. Not only is it real, it in no way contradicts our belief in God. In fact, it confirms it. We believe that evolution was guided by God and, at some point along the line of evolution, He gifted us with souls, which is what makes us uniquely human.
Also, it’s pretty safe to assume that most Christians believe in evolution at least in some capacity (I only know the Catholic stance and am only comfortable talking about it because I don’t want to misrepresent any other Christian denominations). It’s really only the fundamentalists who are adamant about evolution being a lie and the Earth only being several thousands of years old or whatever.
I’ve had around 14 years of Catholic education and it’s done nothing but encourage my love of science. In high school, my teachers were always very open about discussion and always offered to help us understand things we were uncertain about. We learned the same science as every other school does. So I’ve never had any reason to doubt evolution or any other scientific fact or see it as something that contradicts my faith.
Honestly, the fact that people are still pushing the whole “HUR CHRISTIANS ARE ALL CLOSE-MINDED, UNEDUCATED MORONS HURRRR” bullshit speaks more to their character than to ours.