Punch,  24 (1853), 80.

Science and the Pope





Religious Authority, Religion, Miracle, Anti-Scientism, Skill

    Responding to news that the cardinal-archbishop of Westminster, Nicholas P S Wiseman, gave an address on 'the intimate connection between science and Catholicism', insists that science and Catholicism are as 'intimate as [...] the mouse and the bird' that 'make up the bat'. Noting Alexander Pope's observation of Catholic suppression of natural philosophy, sarcastically denies that the Catholic Church thwarted Galileo Galilei and Christopher Columbus. Ironically asserts that the intimacy between science and Catholicism is shown by the scientific skill of monks needed to perform such miraculous events as 'winking Madonnas'.

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