Friday, July 15, 2005


Cardinal Schönborn Issues Follow-up Remarks

An article in Tidings, the weekly newspaper of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, titled "Scientific data supports design in evolution, says cardinal" reports that, "[a]ny evolutionary position that denies the 'overwhelming evidence for design in biology is ideology, not science' and incompatible with Catholic teaching, said Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna."

But it also goes on to say this:

In follow-up remarks published July 11 by Kathpress, an Austrian Catholic news agency, Cardinal Schonborn cited Popes Pius XII and John Paul II as saying that the theory of evolution --- as long as it remains within the realm of science and is not made into an ideological "dogma" which cannot be questioned -- is in conformity with Catholic teaching.

The cardinal quoted Pope John Paul as saying in 1985 that "the properly understood belief in creation and the properly understood teaching of evolution do not stand in each other's way."

Cardinal Schonborn did not include this papal quote in The New York Times article although several quotes from a 1985 papal general audience were included. The 1985 quotes stressed that human reasoning holds that the evolution of living beings points to the existence of a God who created the universe rather than to the formation of life through chance as advocated by materialistic philosophies.


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