Man did not descend from apes. Adam and Eve had no mother and father, never mind apes for parents. Contrary to what Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi says, Saints Augustine and Aquinas never would have held any such view, nor would they have held that one animal species could evolve into another, which is contradicted in the only true account the faithful have of creation, the Book of Genesis. No one denies microevolution, as changes within the same species is called; but macroevolution, at least when applied to man, is certainly contrary to the true Faith. It makes a mockery of the inspired Genesis account of man’s creation. Just because a day, in the first four of the six days of creation, could not have been in the measure of sunrise to sunrise, does not mean we are free to reject the literal truth of what God inspired Moses to write. God called the Light that He created “Day,” and He separarated it from the Darkness that He called “Night.” We accept this literal truth as children, without understanding what our puny minds could never understand. But to reject what we can understand, from the creation of the firmament on, places the whole Faith in jeopardy. Where does one draw the line after that? Adam and Eve? Ask the evolutionist Catholics what they believe from the first chapters of Genesis, and see what a variety of answers you get. Why a variety of answers? Because they have no foundation anymore. In rejecting the creation account, as given in Genesis, they have compromised the veracity of the whole Bible.
Polygenism, by the way (not part of Darwin’s evolutionary theory), which maintains that clusters of humans evolved at different times, ages ago, from apes, was condemned by Pope Pius XII in his encyclical, Humani Generis. Darwin wasn’t Catholic, he was an Anglican, but eventually he shook off even that much of religion, so I don’t know why Ravasi is pushing the fact that he was never condemned by Rome. His theory was not infecting Catholic schools, or influencing theologians, until about the time Pope Pius XII addressed the issue.
Furthermore, I am confused about this controversy over Intelligent Design, which the evolutionists are calling a “cultural phenomenon.” Are the opponents of ID saying that the universe formed itself? Or that God created some pot of energy forces, stirred them all up, let them go, and walked away? Are they saying that laws of physics just happened to fall into place without a First Cause and Lawgiver? In other words, how could anyone, but an atheist, be against ID?
I could write more about this very unfortunate news, but for now, here is the news clip.
Timesonline reports: The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.
A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. “In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,” said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI might be prepared to endorse the theory of Intelligent Design, whose advocates credit a “higher power” for the complexities of life. Full article here.