The Church clearly teaches that God was involved in Creation.
That was Darwin’s opinion, also:
**There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved. **
Charles Darwin, last sentence of The Origin of Species 1872
The textbook explanation of chance and necessity is insufficient.
Evolutionary theory only explains a small part of God’s creation. It is far from a comprehensive summary of the way He did things.
I think it’s time Catholics realized there is no separation in the final answer: God guided it all, literally.
This is consistent with evolutionary theory.
The problem, recently, is that the theory of evolution is isolated from any contact with God. This is argued, correctly, as being a limitation of science. But, for Catholics, the complete answer includes God’s work, not just as an initiator but as the guide.
That’s perfectly OK, as far as science is concerned. If this is puzzling, think of it this way: science can’t go there, but scientists can. One way to learn about the way science and faith interact would be to read “Finding Darwin’s God” by Kenneth Miller. Miller is a first-class scientist and a devout Catholic.