Appeared in Winter 2001, Vol. XXVI, No. 4
Pope John Paul II, in a speech given on October 22, 1996 to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences entitled “Truth Cannot Contradict Truth,” states that “new knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis.”1 He goes on to note that the progressive acceptance of the theory by researchers and the convergence of the latest discoveries in various sciences are “decisive arguments in favor of the theory.”2 Predictably, these statements provoked ironic commentary in the secular press and even dismay among faithful catholics.
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