Throughout history there have been spiritual men and women, who, at the same time, have also been top-drawer scientific minds. Pope Sylvester II and Pope John XXI were two. Galileo and Copernicus were two. Henrietta Swan Leavitt and Agness Giberne were religious Christians as well as excellent scientists. There have been many more.
Pope Benedict XVI, sadly, is not among them. Recently, the present Pope told French Bishops that homosexuals were not fully-developed humans. Gays and lesbians are, on his view, less-than. They are "incomplete".
Aside from the fact that this Pope upholds Church edicts that for 1,500 years restrict priests themselves from being fully human on the at-best suspect idea that a backwater genius, an itinerant Galilean rabbi preached, healed, and died as a virgin, and that he did so in a culture in which every healthy Jewish young man married, this Pope presents no scientific bona-fides unless story-tradition and, if you will, Holy Vibes, are science.
Were this Pope's scientific sense simply and harmlessly risible.... But it's not. It has behind it the reach and punch of a worldwide institution that consistently invades public policy debates and law-making.
Prejudices masquerading as Ideas, Ideas that say they have scientific bases when they do not, vicious ideas that marginalize whole classes of people as sub-human, are not new. Jesus' own people, my people, were slaughtered by the millions in the last century by a regime that twisted age-old religious doctrine into a 'genetic science' and determined that we, less than fully human, were a danger and must die lest we infect and destroy the human race.
That was/is the essence of Racial anti-Semitism.
I do not believe the good people of the Church wish to be party to any future slaughter of homosexuals. Nor do I think the great majority of Catholics wish to be associated with crackpot-science that allows others to sideline LGBT citizens under law. Many Catholic believers do speak against this dangerous nonsense. These voices include the very best among the American nuns, as well as some priests.
Their voices should be heard, and joined, by many more.
Pope Sylvester was a 10th C. astronomer.
Pope John XXI was a 13th C. writer of medical texts.
You know about Galileo and Copernicus.
Henrietta Swan Leavitt was a 19th/20th C. Harvard astronomer.
Agness Gilberne was a 19th C. astronomer.