So, why has the Catholic Church teamed up with NeoStem, Inc. to promote adult stem cell research? Why does the Vatican continue to operate one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world? And why was the Pontifical Academy of Sciences founded in 1603? Good questions, and the makers of this short film (starring Buffy’s Amber Benson and Adam Busch) think they may just have an answer as to why the Catholic Church has had such a lifelong interest in scientific advancements.

Well, I suppose that could be the reason?

Or maybe it’s just because, as the Catechism points out, “Basic scientific research, as well as applied research, is a significant expression of man’s dominion over creation. Science and technology are precious resources when placed at the service of man and promote his integral development for the benefit of all.”

Either way’s fine with me.

(Just in case the above video doesn’t display properly, here’s the YouTube link:



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  • James H, London

    Darkly hilarious …

    When the news broke (last year sometime, I think) that the Vatican was sponsoring adult stem-cell research, someone commented on the article, saying something on the lines of: this is Very Mysterious, The Vatican must have an Agenda. Of course, no-one could say what it was, they just knew, with every fibre of their suspicious beings, that there must be one!

  • David

    But OF COURSE there’s a secret agenda. It’s just that with over a billion Catholics out there, a lot of us don’t get the memos on what schemes we’re up to at any given moment.