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May 17, 2006

ID comes to DC

DC’s new archbishop is an intelligent-designer who believes that ID’s pseudo-science encompasses evolution. He also thinks that ID and creationism are distinct, and seems confused about what the “I” in ID actually stands for. Apart from all that, a terrific choice by the Vatican:

The Vatican has announced that Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pitts-
burgh will replace Theodore Cardinal McCarrick as arch-
bishop of the Catholic diocese of Washington DC. The Arch-
diocese of Washington is one of the “red hat” dioceses of the US whose archbishop is customarily made a cardinal, and Wuerl, at 65, is likely to be of voting age at the next papal election.
Last year, Bishop Wuerl threw his support behind the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID) as an alternative theory of creation to materialist Darwinism. Bishop Wuerl spoke of the theory’s “reasonableness” and the need to offer students more than one theory of the origins of life.
In an article for the Pittsburgh diocesan newspaper, Wuerl said that ID presented a middle ground between the ardent secularists who deny the origins of life in God and the so-called creationists who refute any development of life. With ID, he wrote, “We recognize both God’s free creation of all that is and the possibility, or even probability, that creation carried within it the plan of development which we can call evolution.”
“Intellectual design in the world is a rational conclusion based on thousands of years of observation and reflection. It is not an “a priori” religious tenant superimposed on the facts. Rather it is the light of reason illuminating the universe.”

This puts Wuerl at odds with a number of Vatican luminaries, such as its chief astronomer, who only last month said:

“Teaching Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution is something we have to fight against in the scientific community because Intelligent Design is simply outside the realm of science.”
“Science completely excludes whether or not God had anything to do with the creation of the universe. There’s 1,500 years between the beginning of the writing of the Bible and the beginning of modern science. So to say one is reflected in the other is incorrect.”

Wuerl’s views, however, are apparently closer to those of Pope Benedict, who has described the universe as an “intelligent project:”

“With the sacred Scripture, the Lord awakens the reason that sleeps and tells us: In the beginning, there was the creative word. In the beginning, the creative word — this word that created everything and created this intelligent project that is the cosmos — is also love.”

In other words, the Vatican is more than a little confused.

You can read Wuerl’s thoughts on ID here.

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