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STOP PRESS! Pope Francis accepts Evolution and Big Bang Theory!

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (1)
Well okay, so the Catholic Church has never disputed the process of evolution (provided it is not based on a materialistic and atheistic foundation) and a Belgian Catholic priest by the name of Georges Lemaitre actually penned the Big Bang Theory.  But hey, why let the facts spoil a sensational headline that's just perfectly designed to get the secular juices flowing and make the Catholic Church look like it called it wrong?
Here is exactly what Pope Francis had to say on 'humanity in creation' (which was the proper title of his talk at the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences):
“God and Christ walk with us and are also present in nature. When we read in Genesis the account of Creation, we risk imagining God as a magus, with a magic wand able to make everything. But it is not so. He created beings and allowed them to develop according to the internal laws that He gave to each one, so that they were able to develop and to arrive and their fullness of being. He gave autonomy to the beings of the Universe at the same time at which he assured them of his continuous presence, giving being to every reality. And so creation continued for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until it became which we know today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a conjurer, but the Creator who gives being to all things. The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to another, but derives directly from a supreme Origin that creates out of love. The Big Bang, which nowadays is posited as the origin of the world, does not contradict the divine act of creating, but rather requires it. The evolution of nature does not contrast with the notion of Creation, as evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve”.
The Pope continued, “With regard to man, instead, there is a change and something new. When, on the sixth day of the account in Genesis, man is created, God gives the human being another autonomy, an autonomy that is different to that of nature, which is freedom. And he tells man to name everything and to go ahead through history. This makes him responsible for creation, so that he might dominate it in order to develop it until the end of time. Therefore the scientist, and above all the Christian scientist, must adopt the approach of posing questions regarding the future of humanity and of the earth, and, of being free and responsible, helping to prepare it and preserve it, to eliminate risks to the environment of both a natural and human nature. But, at the same time, the scientist must be motivated by the confidence that nature hides, in her evolutionary mechanisms, potentialities for intelligence and freedom to discover and realise, to achieve the development that is in the plan of the Creator. So, while limited, the action of humanity is part of God's power and is able to build a world suited to his dual corporal and spiritual life; to build a human world for all human beings and not for a group or a class of privileged persons. This hope and trust in God, the Creator of nature, and in the capacity of the human spirit can offer the researcher a new energy and profound serenity. But it is also true that the action of humanity – when freedom becomes autonomy – which is not freedom, but autonomy – destroys creation and man takes the place of the Creator. And this is the grave sin against God the Creator”.
The net effect of the Pope's words?  A simple reinforcing of long-held Catholic belief.  It is not news that the Catholic Church accepts the Big Bang Theory.  Nor is it news that the Church accepts the role of evolution in our world.
Perhaps now would be a good time for the mainstream media and others who are ignorant of Catholic teaching to take a crash course in Church teaching on these very issues.  I recommend the link, below, which will take you to an excellent article at Catholic Answers....
Some may also be interested to read more on the Vatican Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world.  You can find out more by clicking this link which will take you to the Vatican Observatory website:

What does the Catholic Church teach with respect to abortion and embryonic research?

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:07 AM Comments comments (51)
Why is abortion unacceptable at any phase in the development of an embryo?
God-given human life is God’s own property; it is sacred from the first moment of its existence and not under the control of any human being.  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5).  God alone is Lord over life and death.  Not even “my” life belongs to me.  Every child, from the moment of conception on, has a right to life.  From his earliest beginnings an unborn human being is a separate person, and no one can infringe upon his rights, not the state, not the doctor, and not even the mother.  The Church’s clarity about this is not a lack of compassion; she means, rather, to point out the irreparable harm that is inflicted on the child who is killed in abortion and on his parents and on society as a whole.  Protecting innocent human life is one of the noblest tasks of the state.  If a state evades this responsibility, it undermines the foundations of the rule of law.
(Catholic Youth Catechism, question 383)

Can a handicapped child be aborted?
No.  Aborting a handicapped child is always a serious crime, even if it is done with the intention of sparing that person suffering later on.
(Catholic Youth Catechism, question 384)
Can experiments be performed on living embryos and embryonic stem cells?
No.  Embryos are human beings, because human life begins with the fusion of a sperm cell and an egg.  Regarding embryos as biological material, “producing” them and then “using” their stem cells for purposes of research is absolutely immoral and falls under the commandment “You shall not kill”.
Research on adult stem cells is a different matter, since they cannot develop into human beings.  Medical interventions on an embryo are justifiable only if they are made with the intention of healing, if the life and unimpaired development of the child are assured, and if the risks involved are not disproportionately great.
(Catholic Youth Catechism, question 385)

Pro-Life Campaign Appeals to the EU Court after EU Commission’s ‘Undemocratic’ Veto

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:21 AM Comments comments (1)
The One of Us campaign has appealed to the EU Court after its petition - backed by a record 2 million EU citizens – was vetoed by the European Commission in May.
The petition, calling for an end to European funding of research that destroys human embryos, became the largest petition in European history and easily met the minimum EU criteria of 1 million signatures to allow it to be considered by the Commission.  However, the Commission rejected the petition by utilising its veto, something it had never before done with a petition of such magnitude.
The Court will now consider the One of Us appeal and may decide to annul the Commission decision to veto, should it agree with the appellant.
Let us hope the European Court sticks to the principle of democracy, a principle it has relied on for so many years as the bedrock of its constitution and the bedrock of the constitution of each of its members.  If it doesn’t then democracy in Europe is dead.

Father Robert Barron dispels the mythical war between science and religion

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM Comments comments (1)
The brilliant Father Barron considers the widely accepted view that science and religion are at odds with one another, and comes to a view similar to that of Blessed John Paul II; that faith and reason are complementary and compatible paths toward the knowledge of truth.
Although Father Barron's article is from 2008, the issues he speaks of are still very evident today.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on Science

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 6:49 AM Comments comments (0)
Pope Francis on Science:
‘The Church has no wish to hold back the marvellous progress of science. On the contrary, she rejoices and even delights in acknowledging the enormous potential that God has given to the human mind. Whenever the sciences – rigorously focused on their specific field of inquiry – arrive at a conclusion which reason cannot refute, faith does not contradict it.
At times some scientists have exceeded the limits of their scientific competence by making certain statements or claims. But here the problem is not with reason itself, but with the promotion of a particular ideology which blocks the path to authentic, serene and productive dialogue.’