Science

Portrait of Fr Stephen Perry SJ
The Jesuits and wider Catholic Church have a long history with astronomy. In October 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the new Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian system which, by that time, had drifted by ten days. The new calendar also altered the lunar cycle used by the Church to calculate the date for Easter, restoring it to the time of the year as originally celebrated by the early Church. The Gregorian calendar was developed by the astronomer Aloysius Lilius and modified by the...
Andrew Pinsent and the Thinking Drinker
Andrew Pinsent is the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University. Andrew will be addressing the question ‘Is there an inconsistency between Christianity and Science, either in method or findings?’. This perennial question is the focus of Fr Andrew’s study and research.The first of the talks in this series will be held at the Captain Kidd, Wapping. The upstairs area is open for the talk from 6.30 pm and drinks will be served there till 10.45. Entry...
The Maire-Boscovich maps helped to reshape Italian cartography
The adventurous story of the Durham Jesuit who measured the circumference of the earth has been told in the Ushaw Lecture at Durham University - exactly 250 years after his death.Professor Maurice Whitehead, who is Schwarzenbach Research Fellow at the Venerable English College in Rome, gave the lecture about Fr Christopher Maire SJ (1697–1767), rector of the College between 1744 and 1750 and said it was "a real eye-opener to most of the audience in Christopher Maire's home county of Durham".In...
On 17 September we celebrate the feast of a Jesuit theologian who was a key figure in the Counter-Reformation. St Robert Bellarmine is perhaps best known for his dealings with one Galileo Galilei, whom he warned off teaching the Copernican ideas that would later underpin astronomy. However, Vatican astronomer Br Guy Consolmagno SJ takes a closer look at the interaction between the theologian and the scientist and finds that there was more to the Galileo Affair than meets the eye. The...