Wednesday, September 13, 2006
ANSA News, Rome: Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, September 12 2006, issued his strongest criticism yet of evolutionary theory, calling it 'unreasonable'.
Speaking to a 300,000-strong crowd in the German city of Regensburg, the former theological watchdog said that, according to such theories derived from Charles Darwin's work, the universe is 'the random result of evolution and therefore, at bottom, something unreasonable'.
The homily appeared to throw the Roman Catholic Church's full weight behind the theory of intelligent design (ID) - a subject of massive controversy in the United States (US).
The Catholic Church has for over 50 years accepted Darwin's theory of random selection as the most probable cause of development, but has alway stressed God's role. [Bavaria, Vatican, Italy]
See "Complete online text of Pope Benedict XVI's Homily given at Regensberg (Germany) September 2006" and the Washington Post's Reuters report "Pope dedicates organ, seeks harmony in Church" for an update on the Pope's six day tour of Bavaria.
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