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Leading Catholic Cardinal Speaks Out On Evolution

In July of 2005 The New York Times published an opinion by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna who was the lead editor of the official 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church. In a rare instance of a newspaper reporting on its own editorial page, the Times’ published a front-page article Saturday about Schönborn’s piece where he explained that Darwinism is incompatible with Roman Catholic doctrine as well as the findings of human reason. 

Cardinal Schönborn’s op-ed is on his website at: edw/reden/0/articles/2005/07/08/a8795/ or online at The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/07/opinion/07schonborn.html

UPDATE: The Cardinal has also clarified his position, and his continued support of his views as he expressed them in the New York Times in 2005.

“Annotation: It has come to our attention that the content of Cardinal Schönborn’s first catechesis has been mis-reported in the English-speaking press as somehow drawing back from his essay in The New York Times. This is inaccurate, as will be apparent from the full text. In order to clear up this misunderstanding, we are posting here an initial draft of an English translation. (Official and final German and English versions will follow when the lectures are compiled into book form.)”

Go here for the full text.

The New York Times news coverage of the issue is also on the Times’ website at: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/09/science/09cardinal.html

And Catholic News Agency has covered the story, as have many others: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=4340

The op-ed by the Cardinal was for two days the number one most e-mailed article from The New York Times website, and more and more articles addressing it are popping up at websites all over the internet. To keep on top of the story be sure to visit our Evolution News & Views blog.

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