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And All These Things: Genesis and Evolution
The Church upholds a series of absolutes that Catholics are required to believe about creation:
* Vatican I solemnly proclaimed that God created the universe, did so out of nothing and for His own glorification.
* Pope Pius XII declared in his encyclical Humani Generis (36) that all Catholics must uphold, regardless of their opinion about biological evolution, that the human soul did not evolve but was specially created by God.
* The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that God created "everything for man" and that man was not the result of a mindless process but, regardless of what method was used, he was the intention all along and the summit of the Creator's work.
The Church's declarations say nothing of whether or not God used evolution as the tool to produce the Universe in its current physical order. Therefore in the absence of further declarations Catholics are free to use their own prudence to determine what is true regarding this controversial issue.
(tags: evolution cosmos)