May I rephrase in order to present the Catholic position.
The creation of the physical earth and animals belongs to natural science which gives glory to God its Creator. Over time, there have been many theories as to how and when the universe and non-human animals came about. Some want to make parts of Genesis 1 into literal science which obviously is difficult. However, there are no scientific dogmas regarding the physical earth and universe in the Catholic Deposit of Faith. Thus, young earth, old earth, middle earth and a variety of evolutionary theories regarding non-human living organisms can be studied, accepted or rejected, provided that one always remains faithful to the theological truth that God is the Creator of all.
The difficulty surrounding Adam and Eve is that there are a number of Catholic doctrines regarding the two sole parents of the human species. Please see post 10. The main difficulty is that Adam and Eve and Original Sin are real as both historical and theological truths. But, the description of their actions contains figurative language.
Thus, there are people who want to make Adam and Eve into a children’s story in order to side step the serious consequences of Original Sin. And there are people who have difficulty with the beauty of the “six days” and want to translate it into manageable science. Why? There must be a hundred guesses as to why.
Our first parent Adam was the apple of God’s eye.
(example of reality and figurative language)