Re: New Pope on Darwinism - NO!

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Date: Tue Apr 26 2005 - 10:05:11 EDT

Does the "NO!" indicate that you have some difficulty with
his comments?

I personally have no problem with them at all. I didnt
really hear him say that evolution is not true, but that
we are not the product of blind random evolution. "We are
not some casual and meaningless product..."

In fact I think that what he said is the Truth! I would
not expect him to really say anything else.

   On Tue, 26 Apr 2005 09:41:15 -0400
  "Denyse O'Leary" <> wrote:
>A fellow journalist advises me that Pope Benedict XVI has
>made the Catholic
>Church's stand on Darwinism quite clear in his
>installation homily. (John
>Paul II's views have often been misrepresented in this
>B 16 has said, "We are not some casual and meaningless
>product of evolution.
>Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us
>is willed, each of
>us is loved, each of us is necessary."
>In context,
>"The Fathers made a very significant commentary on this
>singular task. This
>is what they say: for a fish, created for water, it is
>fatal to be taken out
>of the sea, to be removed from its vital element to serve
>as human food. But
>in the mission of a fisher of men, the reverse is true.
>We are living in
>alienation, in the salt waters of suffering and death; in
>a sea of darkness
>without light. The net of the Gospel pulls us out of the
>waters of death and
>brings us into the splendour of God's light, into true
>life. It is really
>true: as we follow Christ in this mission to be fishers
>of men, we must
>bring men and women out of the sea that is salted with so
>many forms of
>alienation and onto the land of life, into the light of
>God. It is really
>so: the purpose of our lives is to reveal God to men. And
>only where God is
>seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living
>God in Christ do we
>know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless
>product of
>evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
>Each of us is
>willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary."
>My journalist colleague, a Catholic, notes, "The nice
>thing about breaking
>decisively with Darwinism now (not that we ever fully
>adhered), is that
>Catholics will find themselves at the emergent edge of
>science. This is
>because, even in the academy, strict Darwinism is in the
>act of receding,
>back into the primordial ooze."
>B 16 is nobody's fool, and it will be interesting to see
>how his clearly
>aimed comments are spun.
>Read brief excerpts from my book, By Design or by
>Chance?: The Growing
>Controversy On the Origins of Life in the Universe
>(Augsburg Fortress, 2004)
>Study Guide:
>My blogs:
>Denyse O'Leary
>14 Latimer Avenue
>Toronto, Ontario, CANADA M5N 2L8
>Tel: 416 485-2392
>Fax: (phone or e-mail first)
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