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Intelligent Design, anyone?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Nov 10, 2005

Last week a curial cardinal encouraged Christians to respect scientific evidence, and dozens of eager journalists pumped out stories.

First the headlines said that the Vatican had embraced evolution-- a considerable stretch from Cardinal Poupard's actual words. Then they suggested that the Vatican had rejected the theory of Intelligent Design-- a subject not even mentioned in the cardinal's talk.

OK, two sides can play that game.

Today during his weekly audience, Pope Benedict chided those who "imagine the universe without guidance or order, as though at the mercy of chaos."

Look, I am not going to say that the Pope just endorsed Intelligent Design. But that sure doesn't sound like a condemnation of the theory, does it?

24 hours later I suppose it would be bad form to say I told you so.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Nov. 10, 2005 10:27 AM ET USA

    bendictus: Live long and prosper.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2005 3:23 PM ET USA

    …the purpose of STOQ is to create a new climate of dialogue within the Catholic Church, What with so much dialogue going on, it’s a wonder these “curial cardinals” have time for prayer and the sacraments. Someone tell me, why do we need dialogue on these issues? The Church teaches that science and faith cannot be at odds. Doesn’t anyone in Rome read Church documents that were written before Vatican II, or are they so enamored with dialogue that they reject the concept of settled teaching?

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Nov. 09, 2005 12:51 PM ET USA

    I completed the requirements for a double major in chemistry and biology before going on to medical school. I've had more than a trivial amount of exposure to the theory of evolution. It is an example of the purest "science fiction." I'd sooner believe in real Vulcans and Klingons before I believed that inanimate matter could come together by accident and gradually come alive and develop into all the incredible lifeforms on this planet. Evolution is a religious belief, not true science.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Nov. 09, 2005 11:59 AM ET USA

    Dozens of eager journalists like the one reportedly at CNN who referred to some of the rioting young louts in France as African-Americans? And, of course, with many proponents of Darwinian evolution, we simply switch the mantle of Leninist rigor and close-mindedness for that of Darwin. No curious, open-minded, exploratory scientists here. Their rallying cry is getting to be: "Send Intelligent Design proponents to the neartest Gulag!"

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