My faith has been very shaky lately… I have so many questions about so many things. I know it’s not necessary to have each and every one answered… but when I perceive what seems to be something directly opposing Church teaching, I must admit, my faith is forced to waver. I figured since two things right now are troubling me, I’ll make two threads so that they can each get the necessary attention.
This concern is more recent. I understand that the Church teaches that humanity is descended from a single human pair (am I wrong?). However, she does not force a literal interpretation of the Genesis account upon us. (The Holy Father, I know, is an evolutionist, as was his predecessor.) The latter part is good. I’m passionate about Darwinism and I think it is beautiful.
I don’t really have a problem accepting the idea that all humanity shares ancestry with a single human pair (it is not far-stretched to admit it possible that humanity’s most recent common ancestors originated from non-human, humanoid parents [probably as fraternal twins for such a hypothesis to be made more reasonable] and were sharers of some advantageous mutations [probably greater mental capacity] and bred. Then their protege could have inter-bred with other humanoids, thus accounting for genetic diversity as well as allowing for humanity to share, in some way, this “Adam and Eve’s” lineage.) But I was under the impression that Holy Mother Church doesn’t allow us to hold a position in which nonhuman beings and humans interbreed. I do not understand the problem, honestly (“it justifies racism”-thing doesn’t seem to hold water to me). What can we believe here and is it possible to reconcile it with modern science?
This is causing me a lot of confusion. Any help would be appreciated.