So much for the Catholic Church being on board with the evolution peeps. According to the Associated Press, His Holiness dissed Darwinism in his Easter Vigil talk last night:
Pope Benedict XVI marked the holiest night of the year for Christians by stressing that humanity isn’t a random product of evolution.
Benedict emphasized the Biblical account of creation in his Easter Vigil homily Saturday, saying it was wrong to think at some point “in some tiny corner of the cosmos there evolved randomly some species of living being capable of reasoning and of trying to find rationality within creation, or to bring rationality into it.”
“If man were merely a random product of evolution in some place on the margins of the universe, then his life would make no sense or might even be a chance of nature,” he said. “But no, reason is there at the beginning: creative, divine reason.”
Church teaching holds that Roman Catholicism and evolutionary theory are not necessarily at odds: A Christian can, for example, accept the theory of evolution to help explain developments, but is taught to believe that God, not random chance, is the origin of the world. The Vatican, however, warns against creationism, or the overly literal interpretation of the Bibilical account of creation.
Hey, Pope! Haven’t you heard about natural selection? Human evolution isn’t all mutation and genetic drift, you know. And do you really want to undo the minimal acceptance of evolution (granted, theistic evolution involving injection of a soul into australopithecines) offered to Catholics by Pope John Paul?
There’s so much fail in the above that it’s not worth dissecting, except to say that the Pope continues to steer the Catholic Church away from evolution and toward creationism. Perhaps this is a reflexive stance from reading the New Atheists, but what he should have read was The Selfish Gene—or any textbook on evolution.
But let the Clergy Letter Project ponder Random Ratzi’s statement before they start telling Catholics that their Church is totally down with evolution.