Author: Fr. Augustin Udias, SJ
The author, a Jesuit priest, reflects on his role, indeed his “place” in the scientific community. Since science is an important influence in today’s world, the field of the natural sciences seems to be the place where the Jesuit can effectively express the presence of the Church. He questions, however whether or not the Jesuit should sign on with the elite to the “big money”, power, prestige and other lures in the science field. Should he keep himself out of the limelight, attending quietly to his experiments and academic pursuits? There is no “either or” answer Udias remarks. Jesuits in science have a relevancy in the university and the world of science today because it is precisely in that scientific world that the Christian message must be made present.