Fr Wauck of Opus Dei, which received much bad publicity in "The Da Vinci Code" tells Zenit that Dan Brown is 'cashing in' on Catholicism. The blend of history, religion Brown includes in his novels can be found nowhere else but in the Vatican.
Dan Brown reminds me of James Joyce who left Ireland and the Catholic Church, yet he never wrote about anything else. Could he be resisting the baying of the Hound of Heaven close at his heels?
Here is Fr Wauck's list of scientific advances supported by the Church, in response to Dan Brown's accusation that the Church was the suppressor of scientific knowledge:
"Universities are an invention of the Church. Copernicus was a Roman Catholic cleric, and he dedicated his book on the heliocentric universe to the Pope. The calendar we use today is the Gregorian Calendar, because it was promulgated by Pope Gregory XIII, who was working with the best astronomers and mathematicians of his time. Galileo himself always remained a Catholic, and his two daughters were nuns. One of the greatest Italian astronomers of the 19th century was a Jesuit priest, Angelo Secchi. The father of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel, was a Catholic monk. The creator of the "Big Bang" theory was a Belgian priest, Georges Lemaitre."
And this list leaves out my favorite saintly scientist, Dr Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the cause of Down syndrome and is up for canonization.
Read the rest of the interview here.
HT Spirit Daily