Although it may not have issued an official statement on the matter, or even expressed an opinion on what the theory of evolution presents, the Catholic Church has rejected the theory for decades. This is despite the fact that the theory deals directly with the topic of creation, die most essential issue of religion. In fact, the theory of evolution completely contradicts the Biblical story of Genesis. An almost identical stance has been taken by other church denominations, as they reject the theory of evolution even though some of them do not openly say so.
The reason for this might be obvious: times had changed. The Inquisition had ended, so the chance to cut Darwin’s tongue like Bruno, or to imprison and oppress him like Galileo, ended as well. So they resorted to silence. Eventually, when they realized that the evidence in favor of evolution was significantly accumulating, especially after advancements in the Held of genetics, the Catholic Church was compelled to admit to the theory. Then the Catholic clergy began to say that they had never opposed Darwin, or the theory of evolution.
Actually, the truth is that they did not cut Darwins tongue or burn him at the time, because their authority in Europe had come to an end. Today, they are compelled to accept the theory of evolution, even though it could mean the death of the religion of Church Christianity, because the evidence is only debated by an ignorant few who don’t understand what evolution is or how it works, and who don’t understand that the theory has changed from the Way Darwin originally presented it. Actually, the only thing that remains from what he presented is perhaps the general concept, since the details, methods of theorizing, proofs, and evidence of evolution have all recently emerged due to the advancements in science and research. So for those who believe in this theory, it now represents a perfected scientific treatise that explains the story of creation, without the need for any supernatural power intervening in its completion, or even in its initiation
Therefore, the theory of evolution is presented today as a theory that refutes religion and the existence of a god. No one can claim to ac kept both evolution and religion without resolving the conflict that prevents them from accepting both. The way the theory of evolution is presented, understood and looked at today by evolutionary biologists says that evolution is not purposeful in the long term, so it cannot be reconciled with religion.
In other words, no one can say that they completely accept the theory of evolution, along with the implications resulting from it such as it not being purposeful in the long term, and continue to maintain that they accept religion at the same time. This claim is a blatant contradiction at a basic level, and it wouldn’t be made by a rational and knowledgeable person without first resolving this contradiction so that their claim is correct, acceptable and logical. That is why I said that the acceptance of the theory of evolution by the Church, something it was compelled to do, could mean the death of the religion of Church Christianity unless the Church resolves this contradiction by proving that evolution is purposeful in the long-term.
Of course, they do not understand this, because unfortunately, many of them do not understand what evolution really is, or how the theory of evolution is presented today
Here is a segment from a debate between Dr. Richard Dawkins and George Pell, an Australian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the Archbishop of Sydney, Australia
CARDINAL PELL: …You have to reason about the facts of science, ask whether you believe that the suggestion that, you know, random selection is sufficient and also most evolutionary biologists today don’t believe that.
RICHARD DAWKINS: Don’t believe what?
CARDINAL PELL They don’t believe in random so this crude fundamentalist version of random selection that you propose.
RICHARD DAWKINS: I do not propose it and I strongly deny that evolution is random selection. Evolution is nonrandom selection. Nonrandom.
CARDINAL PELL: So there is a purpose to it is there?
RICHARD DAWKINS: No.
CARDINAL PELL Could you explain what non-random means?
RICHARD DAWKINS: Yes, of course I could. Its my life’s work There is random genetic variation and nonrandom survived and nonrandom reproduction which is why, as the generations go by, animals get better at doing what they do. That is quintessentially non random. It does not mean there is a purpose in the sense of a human purpose in the sense of a guiding principle which is thought up in advance. With hindsight you can say something like a birds wing looks as though it has a purpose, a human eye looks as though it has a purpose but it has come about through the process of non-random natural selection. There is no purpose in the human sense. There is a
kind of pseudo purpose but its not a purpose in the human sense of conscious guiding. But above all I must stress that Darwinian evolution is a non-random process. One of the biggest misunderstandings, which I am sorry to say the Cardinal has just perpetrated, is that evolution is a random process. It is the opposite of a random process. It is the opposite of a random process (Religion And Atheism Q&A Adventures In Democracy 2012) .
It is clear that the Cardinal entered the debate with Dr. Dawkins without understanding evolution, or what evolutionary biologists like Dawkins say about it: evolution is nonrandom because it is governed by the system of natural selection, yet it isn’t purposeful in the long- term.