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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Posters for schools and Church halls


The indefatigable Fr Andrew Pinsent has produced five posters which I think are ideal to help people re-assess the bias against Catholicism that they may have unwittingly imbibed from the secular environment. They are entirely positive, giving examples of Catholics who have made a major contribution to our science and culture. They would be ideal for secondary schools, but also for Church Halls, especially those that are hired out to people. (We will be getting some for Blackfen.) In fact, the whole project is a fine example of the positive evangelisation which Pope Benedict - and indeed Pope Francis - have called for.

The subjects of the posters are:
  • George Lemaître (the Belgian priest who proposed the Big Bang theory)
  • Gregor Mendel (the Augustinian friar who was the founder of the new science of genetics)
  • Guido d’Arezzo (the Medieval music theorist who invented musical notation as we know it today)
  • Maria Agnesi (an Italian noble lady of great learning, the first woman to be appointed Maths professor at a university) and
  • J.R.R. Tolkien (the devout Catholic author of The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit books)
Maria Agnesi (above) is the one that I didn't know about before. It is remarkable that the first woman professor of mathematics in the world was appointed by a Pope in 1750 - the learned and astute Pope Benedict XIV.

Below are low resolution versions of the other posters. They are published by the CTS as laminated A2 (42cm by 59cm) posters at £24.95 for the set. Fr Pinsent put examples on display at the Colloquium of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy last autumn and they are well-produced: they are more vivid in colour than appears here. To order, go to the CTS page Catholic Knowledge Network Poster Pack 1. ("Pack 1" leads me to look forward to further posters.)




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