What is the Church's view on evolution?

Hi, I have always wondered what is the Catholic Church’s POV on the theory of evolution

Regarding evolution, I have heard people say they are strictly creationist, and others have said they believe in Christian Darwinism.

One thing I don’t understand about Christian Darwinism though is how can evolution work, aka adapting to the environment and changing to suit needs (over a long time), If we believe God made us through intelligent design? How is it possible that we used to be apes if God created us in his image?

One thing that really bothers me though is that schools are teaching evolution as if it is 100% fact.

I don’t know what to believe, and if this kind of “science” is harmful or not.

Any insight would be great.

The following links should assist you in better understanding the Catholic Church’s teaching on Creationism in light of the theory of evolution. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.
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