father robert j. spitzer

Faith and science closely linked

This artist’s concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like, based on available data about the planets diameters, masses and distances from the host star. The system has been revealed through observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) telescope, as well as other ground-based observatories. The system was named for the TRAPPIST telescope. The seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 are all Earth-sized and terrestrial, according to research published in 2017 in the journal Nature.

Recent headlines about the TRAPPIST-1 solar system and its seven Earth-sized planets have created quite a buzz among astrophysicists, astronomy lovers and the general population.

Surrounding a dwarf star, the system is relatively close at 40 light years from earth, and three of the planets are in the so-called habitable zone, which means a TRAPPIST-1 planet "easily could have developed a life form," Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer said Feb. 27 at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

With an important caveat.

Educators told to detail evidence of God

Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer spoke to educators in the St. Francis Xavier (College) Church on the campus of St. Louis University. Father Spitzer was the keynote speaker at the Religious Education Institute’s gathering, and his talk was entitled “Three Pillars of the New Intellectual Evangelization.”

Facts can be used to halt recent trends of increasing percentages of young adults declaring themselves as nonbelievers, the former president of Gonzaga University told a gathering of Catholic educators Aug. 12 at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church.

Perhaps the biggest fact is scientific evidence that points only toward a created universe.

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