Science and religion are actually not mutually exclusive at all. In history, we know many examples of clerical scientists.

What is the oldest still existing convent (monastery) where monks still pursue research in the natural sciences?

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    Science is not done in convents. Those scientists who are members of religious orders do so in scientific institutions. Although you should also know about the Vatican Observatory – DJClayworth Jun 28 '17 at 15:42
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    @DJClayworth: The monasteries which involved themselves most deeply in science eventually became the Universities, like the Pontifical Gregorian, La Sapienza, or Oxford. Catholic-majority countries have also plenty of so-called Pontifical Universities which are tended at least partially by clerics and are subject to the local bishop. – Wtrmute Jun 28 '17 at 19:46
  • Actually, consider this monastery... – Wtrmute Jun 28 '17 at 19:54
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    @DJClayworth Isn't the asker asking specifically about science done in monasteries? The Jesuits are not monastic. – Geremia Jun 28 '17 at 19:56

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