The faithful should heed modern science and to guard against religion crossing over to "fundamentalism" if it ignores scientific reasoning, said Cardinal Poupard, head of the Vatican Pontifical Council for Culture at a news conference.
Science should also listen to religion. The atomic bomb and cloning are from reason with no "ethical or religious link," Puopard noted. When asked about intelligent design, Mons. Basti quoted John Paul II, evolution was "more than just a hypothesis."
The Council was inspired by Pope John Paul II's assertion that the church's denunciation of Galileo was an error resulting from "tragic mutual incomprehension." Galileo was condemned for supporting Copernicus's theory of the earth orbiting the sun.