Here we go. Looks like the Catholic Church has more or less officially come out against mainstream neo-Darwinism. Or, rather, is finally getting around to ‘clarifying’ what the article refers to as a distortion of Catholic doctrine (ie, the acceptance of neo-Darwinist theory). Article is by Christoph SchÃ¶nborn, the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna.
Evolution in the sense of common ancestry might be true, but evolution in the neo-Darwinian sense - an unguided, unplanned process of random
variation and natural selection - is not. Any system of thought that denies or seeks to explain away the overwhelming evidence for design in biology is
ideology, not science.
Newsflash: Any sort of “intelligent design” theory is still idiot creationist nonsense, it’s just wearing a funny hat. And I was so hoping that Benedict XVI would prove to be more intellectual. Guess that’s what we get for giving the papacy to the head of the Inquisition. Bah.
Edit: It looks like I may have been a bit hasty. A post over on The Panda’s Thumb about this article makes the point that the Archbishop’s piece, while not terribly clear, seems to be an attempt to emphasize the Church’s position as theistic evolution, and offers this article from the Archdiocese of Cincinatti, which is somewhat more reassuring.
Yet another edit (any more, and I’ll just break out a new entry): Re-reading the article and some of the other blog posts floating around about it, I’m starting to return to my original position. The article is either (a) a very poorly written and terribly unclear clarification of ‘theistic evolution’, or (b) a fairly straightforward embrace of something akin to Intelligent Design. Take this in the context of the Cincinatti article, and it’s possible we’re seeing a shift in doctrine in the making, and not for the better.
Yes, I’ve made a few other edits. All cosmetic stuff, just being finicky today.