The Society is an answer to the call of Pope St. John Paul II that "members of the Church who are active scientists" be of service to those who are attempting to "integrate the worlds of science and religion in their own intellectual and spiritual lives." The Society does this through annual conferences, regional conferences, college chapters, lectures, and other activities, as well as by educational material and articles on its website.
In its first five years, the SCS grew to 1,600 members in over 50 countries. Hundreds of scientists have attended its recent conferences, along with dozens of theologians, philosophers, and historians.
The Society of Catholic Scientists is listed in the Official Catholic Directory and is a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code.
The Society of Catholic Scientists exists for the following purposes:
The Society exists as a place where Catholic scientists can share their knowledge, perspectives, and intellectual and spiritual gifts with each other for their mutual enrichment, and with fellow Catholics and the wider community.
The Society also provides opportunities for Catholic undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers in the natural sciences to get to know and interact with more senior colleagues. In this way the Society hopes to provide role models and mentors for young Catholics who are on the way to possible careers in science.
The Society is open to scientists who are practicing Catholics, but does not presume to represent or speak for all Catholic scientists. It does not take positions on scientific questions controverted among the relevant scientific experts. Nor does it engage in political advocacy or issue statements on public policy issues.
The Society adheres to the faith of the Catholic Church and will always operate with due regard to her magisterium.