Cardinal backs evolution and “intelligent design”

From: Pim van Meurs <>
Date: Tue Oct 04 2005 - 16:52:18 EDT

Cardinal backs evolution and “intelligent design”

    A senior Roman Catholic cardinal seen as a champion of ”intelligent
    design” against Darwin’s explanation of life has described the
    theory of evolution as ”one of the very great works of intellectual

    Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn said he could believe both in
    divine creation and in evolution because one was a question of
    religion and the other of science, two realms that complemented
    rather than contradicted each other.

    Schoenborn’s view, presented in a lecture published by his office
    today, tempered earlier statements that seemed to ally the Church
    with United States conservatives campaigning against the teaching of
    evolution in public schools.

All a big misunderstanding?

    In his lecture, Schoenborn said his article had led to
    misunderstandings and sometimes polemics. ”Maybe one did not express
    oneself clearly enough or thoughts were not clear enough,” he said.
    ”Such misunderstandings can be cleared up.” Schoenborn said he
    believed God created ”the things of the world” but did not explain
    how a divine will to bring about mankind would have influenced its
    actual evolution
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