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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Vatican: Darwin Scientific, Intelligent Design--Not So Much

The NY Times reports that the official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore, has endorsed the science of evolutionary theory over the non-science nonsense of intelligent design. They must be foaming in Lynchburg, VA and the White House. Those godless Catholics!!

ROME, Jan. 18 - The official Vatican newspaper published an article this week labeling as "correct" the recent decision by a judge in Pennsylvania that intelligent design should not be taught as a scientific alternative to evolution.

"If the model proposed by Darwin is not considered sufficient, one should search for another," Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna, wrote in the Jan. 16-17 edition of the paper, L'Osservatore Romano.

"But it is not correct from a methodological point of view to stray from the field of science while pretending to do science," he wrote, calling intelligent design unscientific. "It only creates confusion between the scientific plane and those that are philosophical or religious." . . . .

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