Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Pope Benedict on Christianity & Evolution

Pope Benedict seems to be following in the footsteps of his predecessor.

From the Catholic News Service, July 25, 2007 - Pope meets privately with priests, discusses wide range of topics:
In his responses to several questions, including those about morality and about the difficulties people have in believing in God in a world focused on science, Pope Benedict spoke about the reasonableness of faith in God's existence.

The brief video clip released by the Vatican showed the pope explaining how Christians believe that human beings are special precisely because they have a capacity for puzzling over and groping for meaning in a way that goes well beyond concern for their material needs...

Pope Benedict also told the priests that evolution and the existence of God the creator should not be seen as two ideas in strict opposition to one another.

"Evolution exists, but it is not enough to answer the great questions," such as how human beings came to exist and why human beings have an inherent dignity, he said.

Father Lombardi said the pope had told the priests that when they encounter young people who think science has all the answers and they do not need God, priests should help them see "the great harmony of the universe" and ask if science alone can explain how it all works together and leads to such beauty.

"A world without God would become a world of the arbitrary," the pope told the priests.

Catholics almost universally seem to be theistic evolutionists. I wonder why that is. And I have never heard of a young-earth creationist catholic, have you?

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