Can you please translate this for me (regarding science)?

What exactly is this saying please:

Dei Filius was a dogmatic constitution of the First Vatican Council on the Roman Catholic faith. It was adopted unanimously on 24 April 1870 and was influenced by the philosophical conceptions of Johann Baptist Franzelin, who had written a great deal on the topic of faith and rationality. On faith and reason, it said:[10]

The impossibility of opposition between faith and reason
1797. But, although faith is above reason, nevertheless, between faith and reason no true dissension can ever exist, since the same God, who reveals mysteries and infuses faith, has bestowed on the human soul the light of reason; moreover, God cannot deny Himself, nor ever contradict truth with truth. But, a vain appearance of such a contradiction arises chiefly from this, that either the dogmas of faith have not been understood and interpreted according to the mind of the Church, or deceitful opinions are considered as the determinations of reason. Therefore, “every assertion contrary to the truth illuminated by faith, we define to be altogether false” Lateran Council V, see n. 738].

1798 Further, the Church which, together with the apostolic duty of teaching, has received the command to guard the deposit of faith, has also, from divine Providence, the right and duty of proscribing “knowledge falsely so called” 1 Tim. 6:20, “lest anyone be cheated by philosophy and vain deceit” [cf. Col. 2:8; can. 2]. Wherefore, all faithful Christians not only are forbidden to defend opinions of this sort, which are known to be contrary to the teaching of faith, especially if they have been condemned by the Church, as the legitimate conclusions of science, but they shall be altogether bound to hold them rather as errors, which present a false appearance of truth.

The mutual assistance of faith and reason, and the just freedom of science
1799. And, not only can faith and reason never be at variance with one another, but they also bring mutual help to each other, since right reasoning demonstrates the basis of faith and, illumined by its light, perfects the knowledge of divine things, while faith frees and protects reason from errors and provides it with manifold knowledge. Wherefore, the Church is so far from objecting to the culture of the human arts and sciences, that it aids and promotes this cultivation in many ways. For, it is not ignorant of, nor does it despise the advantages flowing therefrom into human life; nay, it confesses that, just as they have come forth from “God, the Lord of knowledge” 1 Samuel 2:3, so, if rightly handled, they lead to God by the aid of His grace. And it (the Church) does not forbid disciplines of this kind, each in its own sphere, to use its own principles and its own method; but, although recognizing this freedom, it continually warns them not to fall into errors by opposition to divine doctrine, nor, having transgressed their own proper limits, to be busy with and to disturb those matters which belong to faith

I’m not sure what you need clarification about. I suppose I could summarize what is said.

All truth comes from God. Faith and reason are two legitimate ways God has given us to learn this truth. Because truth is a unity, there can be no disagreement between authentic faith and reason. Indeed, reason can even enhance our understanding of the articles of faith, and faith safeguards and suppliments what we already understand from reason. Therefore the Church is not at all afraid of reason and encourages all legitimate forms of art and science.

However, it is possible for a false conclusion to be wrongfully proclaimed the product of reason, or for our understanding of the Catholic faith to be deficient in some way. These two possibilities can lead to an apparent contradiction between faith and reason. In such a case, we must recognize that the doctrines of the Church are absolutely certain, and therefore will never be contradicted by authentic reason. Therefore, the fault must be in the supposed conclusion of reason, or in our subjective understanding of the doctrine in question. In such a circumstance we must acknowledge our defect in understanding and hold fast to the revealed doctrine.

Well done!! :thumbsup:

Thanks,so does that mean that God is revealing things through reason/science/medicine too?
What if what the Church said and what scientific studies said contradicted?
Would that then mean always that it was the scientific studies that were wrong and need to be redone and rechecked for errors?
Or could it ever be that the scientific study/s was right but that the Church was wrong in its teaching/understanding of something(providing it wasn’t part of the infallible part)?

Infallible Doctrine and Science cannot be in opposition.
As far as I am aware, Infallible Doctrine is entirely concerned with the supernatural and with morals; fields that science has no authority in, and no applications toward.

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