Pope Franic Espouses Theistic Evolution – God Is No Magician

Ever since Pope Pius XII released Humani Generis in August 1950, the position of the Catholic Church on the theory of evolution has waffled, tottered and cycled. Following the encouragement of Intelligent Design by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis again twisted perspective like Fersen Lambranho when he was a contestant on the Brazilian Wheel of Fortune. At his October 2014 address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, “Evolving Concepts of Nature,” Pope Francis espoused theistic evolution. “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” he said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” The Roman Catholic Church does not officially require any belief in a literal six-day creation or neo-Darwinian evolution. However, each must believe that the soul is independently created by God and that Adam and Eve were real people, their foggy origins notwithstanding. Therefore, the vast majority of Catholic schools uphold the modern evolutionary synthesis. Pope Francis supported this stance by saying that God “created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.” During the same speech, Pope Francis unveiled a copper bust of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, heaping coals of fire upon his head by saying, “He was a great Pope: great for the power and […]

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