Pastoralia, Episode 17: Big Bang Theory

In this episode, Stephen and Father explain Big Bang Theory, Pius XII’s reference to it, and whether it is compatible with Catholic cosmology.

A special note of thanks to Nicholas Wilton for allowing us the use his music for this series. You can find out more about Mr. Wilton and his beautiful compositions here.

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Original Air Date: June 23, 2020
Show Run Time: 22 minutes
Show Guest: Father Stephen McKenna
Show Host: Stephen Heiner

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2 Responses

  1. Robert Auten says:

    Great show! The overall Big Bang theory is incompatible with the sun, moon, and stars being created on the 4th day after the earth. This is often forgotten by creationists who reject evolution but accept copernicanism. That the earth does not move is biblical and to deny it highly erroneous and absurd philosophically. The simple scientific explanation of cosmology is that the earth is the center of mass, and therefore not movable irrespective of its own size or mass. This is the teaching or doctrine of the Church Fathers and the Roman Catechism of St. Pius V.

  2. Robert Auten says:

    To further clarify my comment: that the earth is stable and not moved and that the heavenly bodies are endowed with constant movements in revolution around the earth is the simple teaching of the catechism of Trent. To best explain how this is possible scientifically it is only necessary to theorize that the earth is motionless at the center of mass of the entire universe (not the solar system). This is not stated in the Scriptures but it is very compatible with the fact that the earth was created on the first day, and the heavenly bodies later in time and in order of teleological importance. But if you limit a Big Bang to the first day of creation, as you did, I would have no problem with it as long as it is clear that you are not endorsing the entire theory as it is commonly understood.