Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Follow the Science

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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Sept. 20, 2021

 Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. Father Pokorsky co-founded both CREDO and Adoremus, two organizations deeply engaged in authentic liturgical renewal. He writes regularly for a number of Catholic websites and magazines.


“Everyone knows” that Catholics are superstitious. We believe that the Incarnation reconciles God and man, and nature and grace. Faith and reason, and religion and science, are perfectly compatible. Imagine that. So let’s take a break from our “superstitions” and follow the science.

Here are some notes using Mayo Clinic staff reports on the development of an unborn baby.

During the first two weeks of the mother’s cycle, the journey of the sperm to seek an ovum for conception takes place. During the third week, when an ovum is at last released from the woman’s ovary, sperm and egg unite, and fertilization occurs, forming a one-celled entity with the DNA of a new human being. Baby (called in biology a zygote to denote its location) has 46 chromosomes — 23 from Mom and 23 from Dad. These chromosomes determine the baby’s sex and physical traits. This form of replication at conception—meiosis — is unique in biology. All other cell replications reproduce with the 46 chromosomes intact and the same in the new cells (mitosis). So, the conceived baby is a separate entity of the same species but is not biologically identical to either parent. …

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