Loading
Faith and Evolution
Don’t squelch debate on faith and evolution in public schools, says Cardinal Schoenborn

.- A prominent cardinal condemned a two-year-old U.S. court decision that bars a Pennsylvania school district from teaching “intelligent design”.

Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna said in a lecture on Wednesday, sponsored by the Homeland Foundation, that restricting debate about Darwin's theory of evolution amounts to censorship, reported the Associated Press. The Homeland Foundation funds cultural and religious programs.

In 2005, a U.S. federal court ruled that the Dover, Pa., public school district could not teach the concept of “intelligent design” in biology class.

Intelligent design says an intelligent supernatural force is responsible for the emergence of complex life forms. The judge ruled that the theory was creationism in disguise.

According to the AP, the cardinal said the ruling meant that schools would only teach a materialistic, atheistic view of the origin of universe, without considering the idea that God played a role.

“A truly liberal society would at least allow students to hear of the debate,” the cardinal was quoted as saying.

Cardinal Schoenborn, who has spoken often on the topic recently, affirmed that the Catholic Church rejects creationism “The first page of the Bible is not a cosmological treatise about the coming to be of the world in six days,” he was quoted as saying.

He said “the Catholic faith can accept” the possibility that God uses evolution as a tool, but science alone cannot explain the origins of the universe.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Sep
2

Liturgical Calendar

September 2, 2014

Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Gospel
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 2:10B-16
Gospel:: Lk 4:31-37

Saint of the Day

Martyrs of September »

Saint
Date
08/31/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Homily
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: