I know what the Vatican says. I know what the Catholic apologists say. I know what the media keeps telling us. But it just isn’t true. The Catholic Church does not accept the theory of evolution.
“When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”
The pope avoids gesturing at the thorny issue (at least for some Christians) of whether humans descended from apes. Atheists argue, moreover, that understanding the Big Bang and what emerged from that cosmic moment obviates a need to believe in a deity. On that count, Francis obviously disagrees. He repeated the idea of God not being a “magician,” an entity that conjured all into being.
“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” Francis said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
Superficially pleasant, horrendously stupid upon further inspection. That’s what you get when you tell people only what you think they want to hear. That’s Pope Francis in a nutshell.
I’ll be blunt: if you believe God created human beings, then you do not “accept evolution”. Rather, you accept some fictitious facsimile thereof, wherein every single extinct or extant species ever to have inhabited this planet was or is subject to variation in the frequency of alleles over time, except human beings.
This is not “accepting science”. This is denying science. While the Catholic Church may be denying a little less science than the other guys, I don’t exactly see that as deserving of my praise.