This is brilliant:
Pope says science no threat to faith
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Science made such rapid progress in the 20th century that people may sometimes be confused about how the Christian faith can still be compatible with it, Pope Benedict said on Friday.
But science and religion are not opposed to each other and Christians should not be afraid to try to understand how they compliment each other in explaining the mystery of life on Earth, he told the Vatican's doctrinal department. [ . . . ]
"The Church joyfully accepts the real conquests of human knowledge and recognizes that spreading the Gospel also means really taking charge of the prospects and the challenges that modern knowledge unlocks," he said.
The dialogue between religion and science would actually help the faithful see "the logic of faith in God," said the Pope, speaking to members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
"Joyfully." If faith means anything, it should be that sort of proactive fearlessness, no? This Pope isn't just holed up in the Vatican grudgingly accepting the primacy of science outside the walls. He's striding out to meet it, embrace it, and direct the ethics of its uses. The tough, capacious old Church has been a major player in so many eras, and it isn't about to shrink from this one.
Benedict keeps surprising people, showing more warmth and compassion on sex and divorce than anyone knew he had in him. It's disarming, even to those who disagree with his immovability on homosexuality and on married and female priests.