Pope To Announce Return to Dark Ages

The Vatican must see the dark ages as their golden years. The Guardian reports that the Pope is preparing to embrace intelligent design:

There have been growing signs the Pope is considering aligning his church more closely with the theory of “intelligent design” taught in some US states. Advocates of the theory argue that some features of the universe and nature are so complex that they must have been designed by a higher intelligence. Critics say it is a disguise for creationism.

A prominent anti-evolutionist and Roman Catholic scientist, Dominique Tassot, told the US National Catholic Reporter that this week’s meeting was “to give a broader extension to the debate. Even if [the Pope] knows where he wants to go, and I believe he does, it will take time. Most Catholic intellectuals today are convinced that evolution is obviously true because most scientists say so.” In 1996, in what was seen as a capitulation to scientific orthodoxy, John Paul II said Darwin’s theories were “more than a hypothesis”.

There is no “debate” here. Evolution is established science. Evolution provides an explanation of how higher organisms evolved form simpler life forms. When primitive men could not explain events like changes in weather or earth quakes, they turned to religion to attribute these events to the gods. Once science provided explanations, these religious views were no longer necessary. It makes no more sense to use religious dogma to explain the development of life than it would to blame Katrina on the gods (as opposed to global warming and the incompetence of the Bush Administration).

This development comes as no surprise following the recent firing of Father George Coyne for his support of evolution. Conservatives who want to replace science and reason with superstition will see this as a good thing. Supporters of teaching creationism (a.k.a. Cretins) might resume their attempts to suppress science education in the schools. However, tor those that think, this is yet another step backwards for civilization.

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    mbk says:

    For anyone with the stomach for more detail on Vatican politics, see
    http://www.nationalcatholicreporter.org/word/word081106.htm

    I don’t know the Americans on this so-called panel, but the fact that one of them is from Ave Maria University (Neanderthal conservatives, and one very good reason not to buy Domino’s Pizza, as all those pizzas fund this operation) is NOT a good sign. Once, the Catholic Church (at least in the last 45 years) was relatively enlighted with respect to most science (issues of sexual reproduction always excepted, of course : )). Now, it seems that it’s darkness all around.

    The loss of Coyne in this debate is, simply, a tragedy.

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    kj says:

    mbk, I shouldn’t be, but I am shocked at this development. I am a product of a Catholic schools. There wasn’t a problem between science and religion class.

    Thanks for the intel on Dominos. I don’t order from them, and will continue not to order from them.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Besides, if you are ordering from the chains. Pappa John and Marcos’s Pizza are both much better tasking than Dominos.

    I did deliver for Dominos in Ann Arbor back when I went to school there. No signs of religious indoctrination on the job, but we know how they use the profits.

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    mbk says:

    KJ,
    I also am a product of Catholic schools, and I also am shocked and saddened .. The fingerprints of the regressive Cardinal Schonborn (whom Coyne deftly and publicly rebutted) are all over this.

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