Yes, the RC church has a long history of respect for science. Like Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin being involved in both the Piltdown and Peking Man frauds. Things that make you go hmmmmm.
Hmmmmmm.... is right.
Yes, Piltdown was a fraud, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was peripherally involved, to the extent that he searched for and found a tooth which fit the supposed jaw of "Piltdown Man".
After finding the tooth, Teilhard moved to France and had nothing more to do with it.
As for Peking Man, no fraud is alleged, even though original bones were lost during WWII, no new large cache has been found, and the controversy over possible Asian origins of homo erectus remains unresolved.
Certainly no wrong-doing by Tielhard is alleged.
Further, Tielhard had his own problems with Church hierarchy, which was not so happy about his theological outlook.
In that regard, we might also mention the Church's most famous scientific dispute: with Galileo Galilei.
But the larger point is this: the greatest of Catholic philosophers, those "doctors of the Church" such as Saints Augustine and Aquinas, always insisted there must be no contradiction between revealed and discovered truth.
Of course, mere church mortals have sometimes experienced difficulty meeting such a high standard, but that is what they are supposed to teach.