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Posted by Maqsood on March 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM

2013 closed well with an election meeting and discussion of "the rest of the story" of Galileo's interaction with the Catholic Church. Essentially, Galileo insulted everyone so badly, despite his friends pleading with him to just stick to science, that his accusation that the bible must be wrong brought about his demise. Today we know that bible stories, though true, are often God's way of speaking to us in ways we can understand [nomads telling them to their children as they roamed through the desert] rather than an elaborate and precise scientific treatise on astronomy. Had Galileo only been less antagonistic he would have had not controversy--and less attention..... Some claim this is what he wanted anyway.

2014 began with a yearly planning meeting, authorizing refreshments for a webinar on fragrances at U of L, which went well despite technical difficulties in the whole building. Plans for doing chemical demonstrations for special needs children on March 29, plans for the Olympiad and for the awards banquet, for a summer outing and a fall visiting speaker are all progressing well. Our new chair-elect, Dr. Maqsood Ahmed, is inserting needed enthusiasm into our leadership group. All is going at its own pace, but well.

May the upcoming religious seasons being blessings to all, including those with whom you live and work.

Fr. Patrick Dolan, PhD, STD

 

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