Catholic Church claims "We developed the scientific method and laws of evidence"
They make this claim but of course don't sight any sources.
As best I can figure, some medieval scientists happened to be monks and catholic(cause other religions were illegal), so the church takes credit for their work.
I don't know what they mean by 'laws of evidence', Wikipedia has no listing for this. This term just seems to apply to the legal proceeding which are unique to each country.
The scientific method was developed over many centuries and many cultures probably starting with Aristotle. Three Catholics did contribute:
Roger Bacon was a Franciscan monk that contributed to the development. He studied at Oxford, the church prevented him from publishing his own works without their approval.
William of Ockham(Occam's Razor) was also a Franciscan friar that studies at Oxford. He was charged with Heresy at one point and faced possible prison and death at the hands of the church hierarchy. He opposed their ownership of property and accused the pope of heresy for owning so much property. He was excommunicated from the church.
Galileo also contributed and we know his history with the Catholic church.
These seem to be the only Catholics involved with the development of the scientific method.
“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” Seneca