This article also states that over the past 60 years, since Pope Pius XII, the Catholic Church has espoused belief in Theistic Evolution. Also, in a 2006 Vatican news report, the Catholic Church distanced itself from â€œintelligent designâ€, in which it stated that this should not be taught in schools as science.
However, what the Catholic Church does insist is that the emergence of humans supposes a willful act of God, and man cannot be seen as only the product of evolution.
What I have presented above is a condensed version of the entire article. In my opinion, the Pope is endorsing both Theistic Evolution and Progressive Creationism. But what is even more disturbing is for Pope Francis to say,â€œ God is not a divine being, etc.â€ If this is an accurate quote, then this statement is clearly blasphemous, since one of Godâ€™s essential attributes is that He is Divine. I would hope that the Popeâ€™s statement was misquoted, and that it may have been something like, â€˜God is not just a divine magician...etc.â€™
In any case, it is indeed saddening that the authoritative position of Catholic Church has become entrenched in the acceptance of theistic evolution as a compromise for the accurate interpretation of the Genesis Creation account. Apparently, the Catholic authorities have completely ignored the numerous creation publications, which clearly refute theistic evolution as an acceptable alternative to the Scriptural account of creation.
A true Christian knows that Godâ€™s Word, as communicated to us in Scripture, is always accurate and true. Since the inspired Word of God was directed to humans under the preservation of the Holy Spirit, God said precisely what He meant to say, which was recorded with total accuracy. The Genesis account of creation is factual history, not just a narrative subject to reinterpretation.
Blessings in His Holy Name, Ed
Dr. Ed Boudreaux, RMCF President