More evidence that if you're looking for a "bright," you could do a lot worse than a Catholic:
Believing that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.
Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and as curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy, said a "destructive myth" had developed in modern society that religion and science were competing ideologies.
[ . . . ] "Knowledge is dangerous, but so is ignorance. That's why science and religion need to talk to each other," he said.
"Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism - it's turning God into a nature god. And science needs religion in order to have a conscience, to know that, just because something is possible, it may not be a good thing."
Read it all. The bro was giving a talk at the Glasgow Science Center titled "Why the Pope Has an Astronomer." You'll be surprised to learn that he also said that "the idea of papal infallibility had been a 'PR disaster'" and gave a perfectly sensible, nonsupernatural explanation for it.
I keep being impressed by the intellectual sophistication of Catholicism. The Church is making a real stab (hardly for the first time) at living in the present and bidding to shape the future, pruning dead branches of tradition to keep what it regards as the vital ones alive. You may take issue with the ones it regards as vital, but at least it's making its choices very consciously and arguing them openly.
Hat tip to quxxo, grumpy commenter whom I seem to have caught like a virus from Althouse, who couldn't resist prefacing his [?] e-mail with "You seem to be a proponent of creationism and dubious about evolution ..." before handing over the gift of this obscure and wonderful story.