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.
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