Can a “Theory” ever become a fact?

Scientists overwhelmingly support the Theory of Evolution.  It provides a framework for the study of life and informs many current issues in science. It has been supported by an enormous quantity of research and is accepted by many religious organizations including the Catholic Church .  Despite all this, it remains a consistently controversial topic in American culture. Why do you think this is?  What do you think will have to happen for this topic to cease being controversial? What is the difference between a “theory” in every day speech and a “Theory” in science? Can a “Theory” ever become a fact?