Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Pope's debate group to publish evolution talks

Paris (Reuters) - Pope Benedict and his former doctoral students plan to publish the proceedings of their weekend seminar on evolution (see Sunday's entry "Intelligent Design: an evolving concept (Die Welt, Germany)") to promote a dialogue between faith and science on the origins of life, participants said.

The minutes, to be issued later this year, will show how Catholic theologians see no contradiction between their belief in divine creation and the scientific theory of evolution, they said after the annual closed-door meeting ended on Sunday.

The theory of evolution has long been controversial in the United States, where conservative Christians oppose teaching it in public schools and promote rival views such as 'intelligent design' that scientists reject as religion in disguise.
A Catholic News Service report ("Participant: Pope's closed seminar didn't focus on intelligent design") states:

Rome (CNS) - Pope Benedict XVI spent a day guiding a closed-door symposium on evolution, but the U.S. controversy over intelligent design did not figure much in the discussions, a participant said.

The occasion was the annual gathering of former doctoral students of the pope September 1-3; it was hosted in part by the pontiff at his summer villa in Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome.

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