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Pope Easter Vigil: Humanity Isn't Random Product Of Evolution...Can catholics reconcile believing in evolution and beith catholic??

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:06 PM
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Pope Easter Vigil: Humanity Isn't Random Product Of Evolution

Pope Benedict Easter Mass


VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI marked the holiest night of the year for Christians by stressing that humanity isn't a random product of evolution.

Benedict emphasized the Biblical account of creation in his Easter Vigil homily Saturday, 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."

"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," he said. "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.

Benedict's voice was hoarse and he coughed several times during the three-hour service, which ended after midnight. It was the second late night in a row for the 84-year-old pontiff following his participation in the Good Friday Way of the Cross procession at Rome's Colosseum, which commemorates Jesus' death.

On Sunday, he celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square and gives his traditional Easter greetings in dozens of languages - his last major celebration before next week's beatification of Pope John Paul II.

The Easter Vigil is the most important liturgy on the church's calendar, when the faithful mark the passage from Christ's death to his resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is rich with symbols: fire and light signifying Jesus' resurrection, and the water used to baptize people into the faith.

On Saturday night, Benedict baptized six adults from Switzerland, Albania, Russia, Peru, Singapore and China, pouring water over their heads as he prayed.

Benedict began the service by lighting a candle and walking down a darkened central aisle of St. Peter's Basilica in silence, while hundreds of faithful in the pews shared the flame from candle to candle until the entire basilica twinkled.

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This year, students of the Legion of Christ, the conservative order undergoing a major Vatican-mandated overhaul, provided the liturgical service at the vigil. The Vatican took over the Legion last May 1 after confirming its founder was a pedophile.

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by Emerald Member on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Growing up, I was raised believing in the catholic church. I went to a catholic elementary school from 1st to 8th grade. We went to mass and got all of our sacraments.

In school, we were taught evolution...we were also taught what the Bible said. A nun I had in 8th grade summed up her version of both worlds colliding (so to speak)....she said without anything around, particals dust whatever ,,the Big Bang theory was someone had to put those things there, create them..and it was God,,,

I am thinking this wasn't an approved message from the Catholic church , rather her own version used to justify it to us and herself...

I am no longer a practicing catholic..haven.t been since I was a teen which was ..well....a WHILE ago...but reading this I am wondering if OTHER catholics out there believe what the Pope says and if you don't how do you reconcile that with your faith

Other faiths can naswer as well, most faiths have something similiar as far as dogma, teachings etc go...This seems like it would be a fundamental thing..either believe or you are not a true follower of ______ religion...

just curious

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