HOARSE and coughing, the Pope used a service in Rome to tell the faithful that humanity was not a random product of evolution.
Ratzinger, according to this report, emphasised the Biblical account of creation in his Easter Vigil homily, saying it was wrong to think at some point:
In some tiny corner of the cosmos there evolved randomly some species of living being capable of reasoning and of trying to find rationality within creation, or to bring rationality into it.
The 84-year-old pontiffÂ spluttered:
If man were merely a random product of evolution in some place on the margins of the universe, then his life would make no sense or might even be a chance of nature. But no, reason is there at the beginning: creative, divine reason.
Church teaching holds that Roman Catholicism and evolutionary theory are not necessarily at odds: A Christian can, for example, accept the theory of evolution to help explain developments, but is taught to believe that God, not random chance, is the origin of the world. The Vatican, however, warns against creationism, or the overly literal interpretation of the Bibilical account of creation.
Meanwhile, it is reported here that not is well with Ratzinger’s plan to make his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, a saint.
A growing lobby of churchmen and religious experts are challenging the speed with which the Vatican is propelling JP II to sainthood, just six years after his death.
John Paul will be beatified in St Peter’s Square next Sunday, a first step towards sainthood.
The Vatican is erecting tent cities and stocking up with millions of bottles of water. More than 300,000 people are expected to descend on Rome to honour the Polish pontiff .
But some experts are questioning whether John Paul is fit for sainthood at all, pointing to his poor record in handling the sex abuse allegations against priests that came to the fore during his 26-year papacy.
Said Father Richard McBrien, a theology professor at Notre Dame University in the US:
I oppose this beatification and predict history will look unkindly on John Paul, who was in denial as the worst crisis since the Reformation happened in the Church.
And the Catholic historian Michael Walsh added:
My doubts are about John Paul being beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict. It appears incestuous and akin to the habit of deifying one’s ancestors.
The ramifications of the sex abuse scandal will continue as an internal Vatican report on predator priests in Ireland reportedly lands on Benedict’s desk, ahead of the publication next month of an Irish government report on the scandal. It is expected that the report will shed light on whether the abuse was ignored by Bishop John Magee of Cloyne, a former private secretary to John Paul.
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