John asked:

What is the Catholic church's stance on creationism versus evolution?


Steve Ray replied:

"The Church I don't think has made a definite stance on it. A Catholic in good conscience can believe that the earth was created in seven days or six days, and then a day of rest or that those seven days were symbolic ages or periods of time and that God used a for lack of a better term, an evolutionary process. That he allowed or he guided ... I think that most intelligent Catholics I would have to say that are looking at the whole picture when we look at fossils and all the things that we're discovering about science that it looks like the earth is older than 6,000 years old so it looks like God used some evolutionary processes to develop what we have today. To bring man kind into existence and so on.

One of the things that we do have to believe though as Catholics ... is that everything has an impersonal beginning ... we have to believe that God actually created the universe out of nothing, ex nihilo, God created evcerything and he started life and he breathed into this creature called man that he created whether it was instantaneously or whether it was a prcoess at a point in time he breathed into him in his nostrils a breath of life and he becamne a living being. What we can not say is that everything was by chance and that evolution is the cause of everything."


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Catholic Answers, "Open Forum for Non-Catholics" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2014)

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Show air date: February 21, 2014

Name of show: Open Forum for Non-Catholics

Guest comments by: Steve Ray

Question appeared in show: 5:55


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