While the Catholic Church is persistently accused of destroying
classical or Greco-Roman culture, the fact is that the monasteries
should be credited for "the careful preservation of the works of the
classical world and of the Church Fathers, both of which are central
to Western civilization" ...
Well, I wouldn't put this in such illustrious terms.
True, the church did indeed help preserve some of the prior (or classical) culture, and did study some of what we know today as "the sciences,' but it was all in the service of the church and anything that smacked of challenge to doctrine was suppressed, often violently so.
I don't know of anyone who accuses the church of trying to destroy classical culture but I also don't know of anyone (reasonable) who believes the church sought to extend or enhance that knowledge except through the church's lens of superstition. Which is to be expected since it's a religion and is centered/dependant on superstition.
As a matter of fact, demonstrable fact, the church's suppression of the society and intellect around it led to a clear and devastating retrenchment of human knowledge and human intellectual advancement that still haunts us this 1000++ years later. We don't call it the dark ages for nothing.
On the interpretation of Scripture,
Andrew of St. Victor argued that the interpreter "should realize this: in
expounding Scripture, when the event described admits of no
naturalistic explanation, then and only then should we have recourse
... this is the very crux of religion's problems.
When the event described in scripture admits of no naturalistic explanation, then the scripture is wrong. There is never
any justification to corrupt the intellect with appeals to majik.