Pope Benedict Speaks Favorably of Evolution

July 25th, 2007
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Surprisingly, the Catholic Church’s stance on evolution is much softer than its other, more conservative doctrines. Today’s plea, by Pope Benedict, to “listen to the Earth” includes some fascinating words about creation and evolution:

“They are presented as alternatives that exclude each other,” . . . “This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”

In defense of creation he said that evolution “does not answer the great philosophical question ‘where does everything come from?'”

In Catholic schools, secular evolution is taught in science classes, and “theistic evolution” in religion classes.

Sources: Reuters, Listen to the Earth; Wikipedia, Evolution and the Roman Catholic Church

Image: Giampaolo Macorig

  • Matthew

    Wow. Definitely more progressive than I ever thought the Pope could be.

    The skeptic in me suspects this might just be a way of “getting his foot in the door”, by agreeing with evolution you get a chance to sneak in the intelligent design theory, which I can’t exactly agree with.

  • Aaron Ortiz

    Wow indeed! I couldn’t believe it when I read it.

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