Career anchor Katie Couric was recently on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and naturally they got to talking about the Catholic faith. Hilariously, Colbert was upset that Couric had gotten the opportunity to do something he had always dreamed of: meeting the Pope. Couric went on to praise the work and style of Pope Francis and then the face-palm came.
Before the interview ended she revealed that prior to her visit to the Vatican she had attended a science conference.
COURIC: I was at a scientific conference at the Vatican a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was actually very Progressive of the Catholic church to want to understand science….
COLBERT: Yeah the sun goes around the Earth and everything. But Katie Couric, I want to meet the Pope, too.
Anchors are not always good journalists, perhaps, because the Church has been a leader in the sciences since her birth. One of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, Fr. Stanley Jaki who says,
“Science, it must not be forgotten, lives by hope no less than does religion.” — Rev. Stanley L. Jaki, Catholic Essays (1990), p. 27
Beyond this, it’s interesting what Couric said because she met a Pope who’s secular career and education was as a chemist – a good one at that! It’s baffling that Couric would make this statement when it is well know that many of histories greatest scientists were Catholic priests. Galileo was known to have private audiences attended in massive numbers and private meetings with the Pope after his amazing discoveries. Not to mention, the Big Bang Theory was proposed and developed by Father. Georges Lemaitre, and Roger Bacon is widely recognized to be the father of the Scientific Method.
Colbert though, saved her with his wit and humor.
COURIC: By the way, don’t you love this pope, Stephen?
COLBERT: I do, but are you a Catholic?
COURIC: I am not.
COLBERT: I am.
COURIC: I know!
COLBERT: I think it’s a sin you get to meet him before I do.
COURIC: I know, I felt really guilty about that. But can I just tell you, he was– I mean, this guy brings eye contact to a whole new level. I felt like he was staring into my soul.