There was (and still is) much anticipation about Pope Benedict’s views on evolution and science. Some believe he is going to nix evolution. Some don’t.
Well, read this story. You’ll get the idea what the Pope is about, and it’s not “banning science”. It’s about banning arrogance, and it’s high time someone in the Church said this:
MUNICH, Germany (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday warned modern societies not to let faith in science and technology make them deaf to God’s message, and suggested that Asia and Africa could teach the wealthier West something about faith.
In his sermon to some 250,000 pilgrims at an open-air Mass in Munich, Benedict said modern people suffered from “hardness of hearing” when it comes to God.
“Put simply, we are no longer able to hear God – there are too many different frequencies filling our ears,” he said. “What is said about God strikes us as pre-scientific, no longer suited to our age.”
“People in Asia and Africa admire our scientific and technical progress, but at the same time they are frightened by a form of rationality which totally excludes God from man’s vision, as if this were the highest form of reason.”
It’s clear to me he’s not going to condemn evolution and/or give blanket support to ID. He seems level-headed. We will get a series of messages urging self-control and a call to ethical reasoning on scientific matters, but nothing that will define the Church’s beliefs as “Evolution No: Creationism Yes!”