Friday, August 11, 2006
Vatican City, August 10 - Pope Benedict XVI will conduct a weekend seminar in early September examining Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and its impact on Roman Catholicism's teaching of Creation.
The seminar, titled "Creation and Evolution," is sure to attract the attention of supporters of "intelligent design" - the idea that the world is too complex to have been created by natural events alone - and Vatican scientists who do not consider it valid science.
The seminar is the latest edition of the annual "Shulerkreis," or "student circle," a meeting Benedict has held with his former Ph.D. students since his days as a theology professor at the University of Regensburg in Germany in the 1970s.
The seminar is to take place Sept. 2-3 at Castel Gandolfo, the pope's summer residence south of Rome.
[This news report also appears here]