He’s the Pope; you know he’s not going to defy his dogma to be honest with you. He doesn’t support gay marriage, either, but is good at giving the impression of tolerance, which will then be ‘clarified’ by Vatican spokesmen. Same here. Lots of people are telling me that the Pope says Christians should believe in evolution and Big Bang, but no, he actually isn’t. He’s telling you to believe in the Catholic Church’s weird-ass wink-wink-nudge-nudge version of evolution.
The “Big Bang” and evolution are not only consistent with biblical teachings, Pope Francis told a Vatican gathering – they are essential to understanding God.
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,the pope told a plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
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,Pope Francis said.
He didn’t create human beings with a magic wand, but he created human beings. We’re just not going to tell you how, whether a wand was involved or not, or any details at all about exactly how people were created. But they were created! In Catholicism, we just leave out the “POOF!”. That makes us sciencier.
Human beings were not created. They evolved out of other apes. There was no Adam and Eve, but only broadly differentiated populations that gradually drifted apart, with waning patterns of interbreeding. There’s also no goal in evolution other than survival and reproduction, so the whole phrase “reach their fulfillment” makes no sense in the light of evolution, unless you’re willing to allow that monkeys fucking is a sufficient goal for Catholicism.
Basically, the Pope’s statement is an incoherent pudding of inconsistencies in which he tries to claim compatibility by ignoring every conclusion of the science.
The earth’s origins were not chaotic, the pontiff said, but were created from a principle of love, reported Religion News Service.
He gave autonomy to the beings of the universe at the same time at which he assured them of his continuous presence, giving being to every reality, and so creation continued for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until it became which we know today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the creator who gives being to all things,the pope said.
I’m no mathematician, but when I look at the Friedmann equations, I don’t see “love” as a parameter. But then, maybe I was fooled and one of those cryptic Greek letters actually stands for “love”…but I don’t think so.
At least the Young Earth Creationists won’t find his ramblings too annoying — apparently the Spokesman for the Creator of the Universe only thinks in terms of hundreds or thousands of years, rather than millions and billions. The rest is a mish-mash of nonsense. He created everything, but he’s not a demiurge or a magician, he’s the creator. But “demiurge” is just a general term for the being responsible for the creation of the universe! So he’s really just telling us all that he’s the creator of the universe, but he’s not the creator of the universe, and also that he didn’t do it by magic, but by supernatural (by definition!) means, which is just like telling us he did it by magic, but not by magic.
I’m already getting Catholics crowing in my mailbox that the Catholic church supports evolution. No, it doesn’t. It tolerates the necessary teaching of science, but then slimes it all over with the disgusting layerings of bogus apologetics, in a kind of Catholic spiritual bukkake carried out by blithering old men with an inherent contempt for the science they’re spooging over.
I’ll take my science without the extra slimy goo, thank you very much.