What’s with all the Catholic priests making all these scientific discoveries? Take neoprene gloves, for example. The trade name for polychloroprene by DuPont, it was invented after chemists working for the company heard the Reverend Father Julius Arthur Nieuwland speak about his research on acetylene. Then there is Gregor Mendel, perhaps the most famous Catholic priest of all in the sciences, the father of modern genetics. It was even a Catholic priest who first proposed the theory of the Big Bang, Monsignor Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître – though he himself called it a “Cosmic Egg!”
Then again, the existence of such folks is only surprising given the Church’s backward stance on just about every social and scientific innovation in history.