Monday, November 06, 2006


Vatican academy to ponder evolution - pope addresses limits of science

From USA Today: Vatican City (AP) - Scientists advising Pope Benedict XVI told the pontiff on Monday that they will study scientific insights into evolution, reflecting his special interest in the subject.

Nicola Cabibbo*, a physics professor at Rome's La Sapienza University and president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said in a speech to the pope that academy members shared the pontiff's view that 'faith and reason need to come together in a new way.'

No date has been set for the meeting exploring 'scientific insights into the evolution of the universe and of life,' which Cabibbo noted was of 'special interest' to the pope. Generally, the plenary session of the academy meets every two years.

Benedict's predecessor, John Paul II, told the academy in 1996 that Charles Darwin's theories on evolution were sound as long as they took into account that creation was the work of God and that Darwin's theory of evolution was 'more than a hypothesis.'"

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Complete online text of Pope Benedict XVI address to the plenary assembly of the Papal Academy of Sciences: "Il testo integrale del discorso del papa in lingua inglese" ("The integral text of the speech of the Pope in English language" - only the first paragraph is in italian) [Joseph Alois Ratzinger]

*See the National Catholic Reporter's "Interview with Professor Nicola Cabibbo"

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