[quote=LSK]The Church allows for the possibility of evolution and a Catholic can remain in communion with Rome and believe that evolution is possible, as long as they also accept that God created the first man and the first woman. There was a specific encyclical written on this in 1950. Do not get disgusted with Father Groeschel for trying to educate you to what the Holy Mother Church truly teaches…
The important thing to note however is that Catholics currently have freedom of opinion in this regard. The Catholic Church DOES NOT teach that Evolution is true. If you look at documents like Humani Generis, it is clear that the Pope has simply NOT CONDEMNED all opinions of evolution as long as they are properly understood (2 first parents, special creation of soul, etc.).
Keeping this in mind… I personally think that Evolution is nonsence. It has deep deep roots in athiestic philosophy and secular humanism and has for many people lead to eugenics and other amoral nonsence.
I appreciate the Pope for being very careful not to make scientific asertions that would later bite the Church, like that “Galileo thing”, but if you look at the fruit of the philosophy behind evolution I find it corrupt.
I have looked at the arguements on either side philosophically and scientifically and I must say that I am unconvinced. We could argue all day on these type of things but I personally don’t find it fruitful. I find it easier to just look at the source and fruit. Evolution at it’s source is the product of radical materialist athiestic philosophy and the influence it has had on secular “intellectuals” has led to wide spread athiesm and some really corrupt moral thinking. This is not to say that everyone who learns the theory of evolution will reject God but it is a real fact that many many have, especially at universities.
I do not say that I “know” it evolution is false and I will not insist that any Catholic reject it, as our own Pope has currently permitted belief in a qualified-deistic-evolution, but as for me, I think it’s one of those things Science and Philosophy will eventually be forced to realize they’ve painted themselves in a nihilist corner.
Anyway. The Church clearly permits opinion on this topic and I try to be cheritable to those who believe in evolution but also expect charity in return as I most definitly reject it.
As far as Father Groeschel is concerned. I love him. He’s one of my favorite people. God bless him.