September 12, 2006
Regula Sancti Benedicti
Pope Benedict XVI on Monday issued his strongest criticism yet of evolutionary theory, calling it “unreasonable”.
Speaking to a 300,000-strong crowd in this German city, the former theological watchdog said that, according to such theories derived from Charles Darwin’s work, the universe is “the random result of evolution and therefore, at bottom, something unreasonable”.
The homily appeared to throw the Catholic Church’s full weight behind the theory of intelligent design (ID) - a subject of massive controversy in the United States.
The Catholic Church has for over 50 years accepted Darwin’s theory of random selection as the most probable cause of development, but has alway stressed God’s role.
Recently, however, top theologians have clashed with Catholic scientists over so-called ‘evolutionism’ - that is, attempts to make evolution explain everything.
… [The Pope] told his young audience in St Peter’s that “science supports a reliable, intelligent structure of matter, the design of Creation”.
On Tuesday he echoed this view, saying that “Creational Reason, the Spirit that operates everything...fosters development”.
“Accounts about Man don’t add up without God, just as accounts about the world, the vast universe, do not add up without Him”.
Evolutionary theories, he said, posit that “the Irrational, without reason, strangely produces a cosmos controlled by mathematical rules, and even man and his (powers of) reason”.
Must have missed that class in evolutionary biology.
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Posted by: Sissy Willis at September 17, 2006 5:24 AM
Nobody -- even this awesome Pope who loves cats and Mozart -- is perfect. "
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