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Monseigneur A. J. V. Piette
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clergyman who was rector of the University of Montreal, and presided over the scientific section of a Canadian national conference on education and citizenship (in 1926?).

Science Quotes by Monseigneur A. J. V. Piette (1 quote)

None of us deny evolution. We know it and study it with pleasure. Catholic universities do not see anything in evolution to prevent a Christian accepting it, but with the reservation that the great problem of the origin of the world and of the creation of man is the secret of God. The Catholic church accepts what science gives it on condition that science reports facts which can be proved, for it is a fact that there is no scientific truth which can contradict eternal truth.
— Monseigneur A. J. V. Piette
The position of the Catholic Church on the theory of evolution, as stated by Monseigneur Piette, as he introduced the next speaker Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan, professor of experimental zoology at Columbia University. As given in The School of Education Record of the University of North Dakota (Jun 1926), Vol.11, No. 9, 72.
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