It is just not that often that I hear something about Catholicism on NPR that makes me so proud that it puts a spring in my step. And yesterday morning, I expected more of the same as the announcer previewed a story about the Oregon Province of Jesuit’s bankruptcy troubles. But then, they mentioned a gathering in the Vatican–a science meets religion conference to make clear the Church’s position on evolution and the like.
And it just kept getting better. The program cut to to an interview with a theologian at Georgetown who spoke clearly and understandably about Catholic thinking and science. He talked about God and science being mutually inclusive. It was such a refreshing and positive story about Catholicism.
It was really exciting when the theologian went on to discuss how Catholic theology allows evolution to create an ever-more complex image of God. God not only creates beings, but beings that are complicated and changing creatures.
I arrived at my office and had to shut off the story before it ended. But I closed my door with a new spirit in my footsteps, loving that my faith has room for an ever-more complicating image of God. Such a great start to a day.
Kate Dugan is a recently-turned 29 year old Catholic living in Olympia, Washington. Two years ago, I earned my Master of Theological Studies and lately I’m constantly surprised by how being Catholic affects me in side-ways–its funny to me when I notice rituals in my daily life– Transubstantiation on my walk to work, Reconciliation in my new marriage, breaking bread over a barbecue grill.