The Popes and Science

The Popes and Science
The History of the Papal Relations to Science During the Middle Ages and Down to Our Own Time

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The Popes and Science by James J. Walsh

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The Popes and Science
The History of the Papal Relations to Science During the Middle Ages and Down to Our Own Time

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The story of Papal patronage of the sciences and especially medicine.

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ere clergymen. Some of the greatest of them were canonized as saints. Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas are typical examples. At least one Pope had been a distinguished scientist before being elected to the Papacy. For seven centuries the Popes selected as their physicians the greatest medical scientists of the {vi} time, and the list of Papal physicians is the worthiest series of names connected by any bond in the history of medicine, far surpassing in scientific import even the roll of the faculty of any medical school.

In a word, I failed to find any trace of Papal opposition to true science in any form. On the contrary, I found abundant evidence of their having been just as liberal and judicious patrons of science as they were of art and education in all forms. I found also that those who write most emphatically about Papal opposition to science, know nothing at all of the history of science, and above all of medicine and of surgery, during three very precious centuries. Because they know nothing

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