Pope Francis named U.S. Jesuit Br. Guy Consolmagno to be the new director of the Vatican Observatory.
With Christmas just around the corner, Br. Guy Consolmagno gets a lot of questions this time of year about the star of Bethlehem that led the Magi to Jesus in the manger.
Consolmagno is an astronomer -- a planetary scientist for the Vatican observatory, in fact -- who specializes in asteroids and meteorites, the very sort that may well have been the famous “star” described in the Gospel of Matthew.
On this week's "Interfaith Voices," I interviewed two Jesuits (one brother, one priest) who work at the Vatican's Observatory: Br. Guy Consolmagno (who has won the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by a planetary scientist with the general public) and Fr. Paul Mueller, a physicist.
NCR Today: I agree that there are some complications in the relationship between science and faith, but generalizing Catholicism as science-phobic just doesn't sit well with me.
Unless you live in outer space, you’ve probably heard the jokes about Pope Francis’ “alien homily” on May 12.