I'm sure that there are many intelligent men ruling the Catholic Church. But, self-preservation can often overpower the wisest thought.
There was an article today in The Guardian about the Vatican's position on certain "scientific" issues. The subhead read: "...may be engaging with astronomy, but the Catholic Church is unlikely to fully embrace science..."
Can you blame these guys?
I tried to imagine a bunch of cardinals sitting around a huge table in Rome, discussing how they should react to irrefutable "facts" (not a strong suit with this organization).
"It's so logical."
"They can prove everything. We can't."
"It doesn't matter. We have fear of the unknown on our side."
"And, don't forget ignorance."
"If we acknowledge scientific fact, we're out of business."
"We'd lose our jobs."
"But, I like to fly first class."
"I like my red robe and little beany."
"And what about all our servants?"
"Then it's decided: science must be discredited."
"Shall I call our Republican friends?"