July 27, 2007

Pope Acknowledges Reality of Evolution

I know that the Pope is irrelevant to many of us and what he says may be of little interest. However, there are still many Catholics who value what he represents to them. Thus, I am happy to have received this article from a reader via e-mail. The Pope has acknowledged "much scientific proof in favour of evolution."

Speaking to an audience of 400 priests, the Pope addressed the creationism-evolution "controversy," noting,
This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favour of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.
Not surprisingly, he still insists on creating a role for archaic superstition by claiming that evolution leaves many questions unanswered. Ah yes, the god of the gaps may be smaller and smaller, but as long as there are gaps, we'll get to hear about it.

The Pope is starting to sound like a bit of a Deist, isn't he? He now accepts evolution but still tries to cling to the notion that there must be a god to have set evolutionary processes in motion. He cannot accept that matter and energy simply are; he must posit the unnecessary creator. Still, I'll take acknowledgment of evolution as a sign of progress.

It also looks like he's starting to question some of the human dominion over the Earth garbage which has caused us so much trouble.
“We cannot simply do what we want with this Earth of ours, with what has been entrusted to us,” said the Pope, who has been spending his time reading and walking in the scenic landscape bordering Austria.
It would certainly be nice to have more religious leaders on the side of reality when it comes to climate change. Perhaps they'll even be able to bring some Republicans along with them.

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