Pope Francis - a Pontiff with origins science credentials
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DUBLIN, IRELAND (March 20, 2013) - Daylight Origins Society world like to extend a welcome to our new Pope Francis. We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide his thoughts and actions. We pray that the Lord will give Pope Francis the wisdom of Solomon, the fortitude of David, the passion of St. Paul and the missionary gifts of St. Francis Xavier. Pope Francis has scientific credentials in chemistry, and this field of science engenders a mature discernment on the evolutionary hypothesis, without recourse to blind acceptance. This is a breadth of fresh air for those involved the the origins science debate in Catholic circles.
May the Lord continue to bless the Catholic Church in every way in these days of spiritual apathy and attack. Daylight Origins Society does wonder how our new Pontiff will carefully thread the question of origins science in relation to contemporary Catholicism. May the Lord instill a desire into the Catholic Church to look beyond theistic evolution, and embrace the traditional and literal understanding of the Catholic creation account.
Theological views of Pope Francis on Special Creation...
When the new pontiff was announced last Wednesday evening, very little was known of who this Catholic Argentine is. Daylight Origins Society would like to divulge some excellent news regarding Pope Francis on Special Creation. Hugh Owen, president of the Kolbe Center for the study of Creation expressed in a telephone interview link up between Ireland and America, good information about Pope Francis.
When the Kolbe Center had their first international Catholic symposium on creation in Rome, the proceedings were published. The proceedings were posted to various cardinals around the world by the late Bishop Danylak. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was one of the few Cardinals who replied by letter, expressing thanks for the proceedings. The former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio replied to Bishop Danylak saying he would study them with special intention. Hugh Owen has a copy of this reply, by God's providential care, praise the Lord.
The saints and origins science beliefs
Did Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio choose the pontiff name of Francis because of his Jesuit background, like Saint Francis Xavier's? Or was it more of a reference to Saint Francis of Assisi? We can only speculate (this has since been clarified as St francis of Assisi). From the Daylight Origins Society point of view, both Saint Francis Xavier and Assisi have some relevance in relation to Special Creation beliefs. This is despite the fact that neither of these Saints are considered major theologians. Both men took God at his word, as it was understood traditionally by the Church. At the time that Saint Francis Xavier lived, the church was reacting against the protestant revolution .
The Jesuits were the Pope's shock troops to counteract the revolution. The Council of Trent which met during the lifetime of Saint Francis Xavier, mandated the production of a Catechism. This Catechism from Trent teaches fiat creation in 6 days, and it calls Genesis the sacred history. It also teaches the Special Creation of Adam, and that whole work of creation was finished with the creation of Adam and Eve. Special Creation clearly elucidates origins science concerns in the Catechism from Trent for missionaries and pastors to Catechize the laity.
This was the atmosphere in which Saint Francis Xavier lived and he would have supported this Catechism 100%. Saint Francis of Assisi lived 300 years before Saint Francis Xavier. He lived when the church created the most important dogmatic doctrine on Creation. This dogma of Special Creation came at the 4th Lateran Council in 1215, and is compatible with Saint Augustine's concept of instantaneous creation. This council therefore does not support contemporary theistic evolution views held by theologians today.
Origins science in good hands
With all this in mind, the Daylight Origins Society are tentatively happy with the current Pontiff, and that theistic evolution may have to take a level playing field status to Special Creation in the fight to bring the Catholic Church back to good health. Praise God for his continuous blessings, and we thank the Kolbe Center for all the information provided over the phone.
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