This thread started to avoid hijacking another.
Comment from fnr in another thread:
On another thread, I am perfectly willing to continue to discuss the historicity of two individuals, Adam and Eve, as the first humans who literally (or figuratively) lived approximately when chronology of Genesis says they were. I will say that nothing you've said has told me that I cannot believe in the theory of evolution, which is well-supported by fact and commentary from our Holy Fathers (JPII and BXVI). We must be honest with ourselves and with God in looking at scientific information, and I'll suggest that there's a lack of honesty in rejecting evolutionary theory at this point.
From fnr's comment above he seems to be saying (but please fnr jump in and correct me if I am misinterpreting you) that because I said Adam and Eve were real and that Catholics must believe that then that would mean Catholics cannot believe in evolution.
If that is what you are saying you are wrong and have misunderstood me.
I am saying that Adam and Eve were real, that Catholics are obliged to believe that, and also that does not contradict evolution which Catholics are free to believe in.
We are obliged to believe Adam and Eve were real:
(Concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine)
Pope Pius XII
Encyclical Promulgated on 12 August 1950
Extract from the Encyclical:
- When, however, there is question of another conjectural opinion, namely polygenism, the children of the Church by no means enjoy such liberty. For the faithful cannot embrace that opinion which maintains either that after Adam there existed on this earth true men who did not take their origin through natural generation from him as from the first parent of all or that Adam represents a certain number of first parents. Now it is in no way apparent how such an opinion can be reconciled with that which the sources of revealed truth and the documents of the Teaching Authority of the Church propose with regard to original sin, which proceeds from a sin actually committed by an individual Adam and which through generation is passed on to all and is in everyone as his own.
We are allowed to believe in evolution (both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict have stated that).
I see nothing contradictory between the two.