The Catholic Church teach teaches the universe was specially created out of nothing by God. There is no official position on whether the stars, nebulae, and planets or whether plants and animals here on earth were all created is a single special creation or created whether they developed over time . However, it says that, if they did develop, then they did so under the impetus and guidance of God, and their ultimate creation must be ascribed to him. The CC allows for the possibility that our human bodies developed from previous biological forms, under Godâ€™s guidance, but insists on the special creation of our souls. Our souls did not evolve, and are not inherited from our parents, as our bodies are.
While the Church permits belief in either special creation or developmental creation on certain questions, it in no circumstances permits belief in atheistic evolution.
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