Non-contradiction was not actually sufficient in their opinion. While these events would not be precluded in principle, relying on unprovable hypotheses would still build alternative history based on religious beliefs and diverge from scientific consensus.
How is this any different than affirming the bodily Resurrection or Jesus’s miracles? Or do they deny the Ressurection?
I don’t know about those, but they didn’t believe in prelapsarian gifts (immortality among others) as physical differences, only referring to spiritual death, for example.
What is the position of the church right before and after finding this article? Do they consider Geneses as literal or not?