This site is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Here’s how we described our vision to them:
As a supporter of an internationally recognized scientific research institute staffed by religious of the Society of Jesus, and an incorporated non-profit foundation dedicated to the support of the only scientific institution supported by the Holy See, the Vatican Observatory Foundation is in a unique position to demonstrate the Catholic Church’s support of science.
With funding from the John Templeton Foundation, we propose to upgrade and amplify our existing online communication resources into a system that can deliver a variety of resources on Faith and Astronomy, including both new content and already existing material, in a format that can be used by Catholic educators and be accessed directly by educated Catholics. These will include Videos, Powerpoints, Interactive Internet sites, and traditional printed materials made available online on the topic of Faith and Astronomy.
Using the already existing resources of the Jesuit order, including the Jesuit Design Bureau, Loyola Productions, and the Foundation’s own outreach to astronomy programs at Jesuit High schools, we will be able to tap into a network of proven professionals who understand our mission as Catholic scientists and educators and have already demonstrated their ability to integrate the available media outlets, including but not limited to online communications, website development, social networks and films.
This work is in accord with our purpose, to support the Vatican Observatory in the mission given to it by Pope Leo XIII in 1891, “that everyone might see clearly that the Church and her Pastors are not opposed to true and solid science… but that they embrace it, encourage it, and promote it.”