Pope Ratzi is getting ready to get medieval on the Catholic church—he’s meeting this week to prepare to smack down those uppity scientists.
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.
If this happens, there will be much rejoicing in Seattle. The Discovery Institute hasn’t made much headway with actual scientists, but they seem to be doing OK with the Big Hat cabal. Pope Ratzi has already falsely claimed that “science supports a reliable, intelligent structure of matter, the design of Creation,” so I suspect the deck is stacked in ID’s favor at this meeting.
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”.
Last week, at a conference in Rimini, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Austria revealed that evolution and creation had been chosen as the subjects for this year’s meeting of the Pope’s Schülerkreis – a group consisting mainly of his former doctoral students that has been gathering annually since the late 1970s. Apart from Cardinal Schönborn, participants at the closed-door meeting will include the president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Peter Schuster; the conservative ethical philosopher Robert Spaemann; and Paul Elbrich, professor of philosophy at Munich University.
God seems to have afflicted George Coyne with cancer just in time to keep him away. All I can say is that I look forward to the outcome: they’re just going to give me more ammunition with which to condemn the idiocy of religion.