13 Memes on Catholicism & Science

Listers, “faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.”

Jesuits moon meme

Listers, “faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” The opening line of Pope John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio embodies the Catholic belief that faith and reason must be harmonious. Extending that harmony to their various bodies of knowledge, Sacred Doctrine and the empirical sciences must also harmonize. There is only one God. The same God who inspired Holy Scripture is the same God who wrote the laws of reality. The actual way in which they harmonize, however, can be a monumental task at times. SPL has collected 30 quotes that demonstrate the history of Catholicism and evolution, and the list stands as a great exemplar of the dialogue between the Faith and the sciences. And while a meme does not serve to explain the relationship between faith and reason, it can work as a humorous way to dispel caricatural notions of Catholicism being anti-science.


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Genetics meme monk
Gregor Johann Mendel (July 20, 1822– January 6, 1884) was a German-speaking Silesian scientist and Augustinian friar who gained posthumous fame as the founder of the new science of genetics. – Wikipedia


Hospital Meme


Science Catholic meme


Wonka Science Meme


Barron not impressed meme


Catholic Sceince Meme 3
Roger Bacon, O.F.M. (c. 1214–1294) (scholastic accolade Doctor Mirabilis, meaning “wonderful teacher”), was an English philosopher and Franciscan friar who placed considerable emphasis on the study of nature through empirical methods. – Wikipedia


Science Sisters meme


Big Bang Graphic


Big Bang Theory Meme


Jesuit Big Bang Meme 2


Faith and Science meme


Jesuits moon meme


God wrote Science meme


What other Catholic scientist memes should we add? Let us know.

  • Michael

    Jeeze, prideful much? Why stoop so low?

    • Roy F.

      It’s not so much pride as answering an ignorant yet common atheistic ploy. The Catholic Church shouldn’t hide it’s accomplishments for a false sense of humility, humility is self-knowledge. Don’t make too much OR too little of yourself.

    • Denise

      Why not? One of the spiritual works of mercy is to educate the ignorant.

    • Jacob

      There’s nothing wrong with being proud of our beautiful tradition!

    • Dan

      Mike, they are memes, relax.

    • Tate Spell

      You call that stooping low? Okay….. Why make this comment????

  • Cindy

    Here you go…names of over 100 Catholic scientists…NO OTHER FAITH can claim even half as much! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Catholic_scientists

  • Love all of these!

  • Anonymous

    Faith and science are completely compatible.
    Science can have all the things you’re right about,
    and faith can have all the things you’re wrong about.

  • Kevin Sagan

    …*your* faith may be compatible with the current state of established science, but good luck convincing a creationist that *his* faith is indoctrination, but *yours* is divine inspiration-I suspect you’ll be told you have it backwards.

  • Sam Boy

    Would it not make sense that some specific faiths grow or evolve along the way. You could call it whatever you like, but it’s true that Catholicism has grown and has changed unlike the ideas of creationism so there’s that big difference.

  • The fact that people are trying to say that since people who lived hundreds of years ago came up with theories and ideas in science is just ludicrous. Of course they were religious, if you weren’t the used to burn you at the steak and condemn you to hell.

    • Wes

      No offense, but I just couldn’t resist: They’ll burn me at the steak? Can I eat it first?
      I think “stake” is the work you’re looking for.

      • Anonymous

        I think “Word” is the word you’re looking for.

        • joaco


          • George

            Not getting into the debate, but this exchange was so funny.

  • EWSweeney
  • Adam Spencer

    Many catholics don’t know their own religion.

    “By his sin, Adam, as the first man, lost the original holiness and justice he had received from God, not only for himself but for all human beings.”
    -Catechism of the Catholic Church (the official doctrine of the Catholic church, endorsed by Pope John Paul II)
    (Part 1, Section Two, I. The Creeds, Article 1, Paragraph 7: The Fall)

    According to SCIENCE, there is no “first” man. Man evolved over million of years from apes. There is not an instance where our ape ancestors stop and man suddenly appears. By the same token, there can also be no clear point when mankind was suddenly given a soul.

    Or don’t you believe in the story of Adam and Eve and original sin? If not, then you have some serious doctrinal problems. The whole point of the Catholic doctrine of “immaculate conception” is that Mary was born free from original sin:

    “From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son … from the first instance of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life”
    -Catechism of the Catholic Church
    (Part One, Section Two, Chapter Two, Article 3, Paragraph 2)

    If there was no original sin committed by Adam and Eve, then what was the point of Mary’s immaculate conception?

    If catholics made scientific progress, they did it DESPITE their religion.

  • Tony

    You need one on Saint Nicholas Steno (A.K.A Niels Stenson, 1638-1686), the founder of the science of stratigraphy that led to the idea that fossil seashells on mountaintops did not “grow” there and were not brought by a world-wide Biblical deluge but by upheaval as evidenced in sedimentary / stratigraphic deformation. He is also considered one of the founders of the discipline of geology. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988.

  • Anonymous

    If the Catholic church gets credit for all the great things individual Catholics have done, it also gets credit for all the bad things individual Catholics have done.

    Are you sure you want to go there?

    • Richard T

      Individual examples of Catholics discovering, theorizing and calculating with regards to science goes to show how the catholic church does not ‘disagree’ with science. In fact i have learnt from my faith that searching for the truth is of the utmost importance if one is to know and love God. Individual examples of Catholics committing monstrosities go to show how man is indeed a fallen creature. I recommend you read what the bible and the saints have to say about sin and also what they have to say about truth.