From Christine Rousselle here:
Wait, what? The Church published an encyclical 64 years ago saying exactly what Pope Francis said yesterday? You don’t say!
The media clearly adores Pope Francis, which I’m okay with. It’s nice to have positive media coverage of my faith. I’m not okay, however, with them twisting the pontiff’s words and claiming he’s “gone rogue” when he has done no such thing. Pope Francis has not changed any Catholic doctrine. Period.
The Pope cannot change any Catholic doctrine. He may clarify some. Not clear he did that here, but we will see.
In my own view, the only modern pope who actually understood the real issue (metaphysical naturalism) was Benedict XVI.
The problem with not clearly understanding that the Pontifical Academy would be happy to wish some version of metaphysical naturalism (naturalist atheism) on the Church in the guise of “science” is this: The battle must then be fought all over again later, under much more difficult conditions.
– O’Leary for News
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (human evolution)
The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (the human mind)