All Catholics MUST believe that everyone on Earth descended from one and only one pair of parents–Adam and Eve.
There are a lot of people that don’t like hearing that but it is the truth.
As long as you believe that then you can believe in other aspects of evolution.
It is difficult to see how one could believe that all have descended from Adam and Eve and also believe that Adam and Eve “EVOLVED” from any other living species–if they did then they couldn’t be the SOLE parents of the human race which is required by Catholic belief.
I personally don’t have a problem with the big bang–dinosaurs–evolution of everything UP TO Adam and Eve–I just don’t believe that Adam and Eve evolved from anything else–I think they were SPECIALLY created by God.
I believe they could have been the first homo sapiens,
I also believe it could be possible that the Garden of Eden is present under the present day accidents of the country of Iraq–If Jesus can be present in the Eucharist without us seeing Him there–then the same could be true for the Garden of Eden.
The reason that Catholics must believe that all descend from Adam and Eve is because of original sin–there had to be a Fall for mankind–it really did happen and Adam and Eve were really ACTUAL people.
How we transition from a literal Adam and Eve maybe in a Garden of Eden that might not be in the same dimension as present day Iraq I don’t know–all I know is this–science and theology do not contradict one another–if the Catholic Church says we all descended from Adam and Eve then that is true and you can take it to the bank! It’s still OK to believe in anything that science says that doesn’t contradict the church’s teaching.
Remember Catholics believe in Both/and not either/or.
I don’t understand how God created everything out of nothing but I believe it.
I don’t understand how Jesus was able to resurrect Himself from the dead but I believe it!
I don’t know how the bread and wine become the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ but I believe it.
I don’t SEE gravity but I believe it.
If your mind is big enough there will be no contradiction between theology and science.
If your mind is too small to grasp that there’s no contradiction between theology and science then hopefully you will be saved because of invincible ignorance.