RE: Pope says universe made by 'intelligent project'

From: Denyse O'Leary <>
Date: Sat Nov 12 2005 - 19:09:36 EST

Janice, go to HYPERLINK
I've now received information that the Italian used to mean "intelligent
project", as reported in the news site you kindly linked to, means
"intelligent design." That is what Cardinal Schonborn insists at his site,
which you can also link to from the Post-Darwinist.
Later this evening, I hope to put up a second opinion from a native Italian
speaker who lives in Italy and says the same thing.
So the Pope has decided to identify with the idea of intelligent design.
Let the spin begin.
cheers, Denyse

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:
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Denyse O'Leary
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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has waded into the evolution debate in the
United States, saying the universe was made by an "intelligent project" and
criticizing those who in the name of science say its creation was without
direction or order. 
Benedict made the off-the-cuff comments during his general audience
Wednesday. The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published the full
text of his remarks in its Thursday editions. 
Benedict focused his reflections for the audience on scriptural readings
that said God's love was seen in the "marvels of creation." 
He quoted St. Basil the Great, a fourth century saint, as saying some
people, "fooled by the atheism that they carry inside of them, imagine a
universe free of direction and order, as if at the mercy of chance." 
"How many of these people are there today? These people, fooled by atheism,
believe and try to demonstrate that it's scientific to think that everything
is free of direction and order," he said. 
"With the sacred Scripture, the Lord awakens the reason that sleeps and
tells us: In the beginning, there was the creative word. In the beginning,
the creative word -- this word that created everything and created this
intelligent project that is the cosmos -- is also love." 
His comments were immediately hailed by advocates of intelligent design, who
hold that the universe is so complex it must have been created by a higher
power. U.S. proponents of the theory are seeking to get public schools to
teach it as part of the science curriculum. 
Critics say intelligent design is merely creationism -- a literal reading of
the Bible's story of creation -- camouflaged in scientific language. 
Questions about the Vatican's position on evolution were raised in July by
Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, who attended Wednesday's audience. 
In a New York Times op-ed piece, Schoenborn seemed to back intelligent
design and dismissed a 1996 statement by Pope John Paul II that evolution
was "more than just a hypothesis." Schoenborn said the late pope's statement
was "rather vague and unimportant." 
Schoenborn attended Wednesday's audience. He was seated on the dais behind
Benedict in St. Peter's Square, along with other Austrian bishops making a
regularly scheduled visit to the Vatican.
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