Jonathan McLatchie tells it here.
It’s no surprise the Pope has gone on record as saying “God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident” (Philip Pullella, 2011 01 06):
God’s mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday.
Nor is the pop media reaction. Most of the Yahoo article is the usual sludge (= Pope grudgingly accepts reality while retaining a tiny corner for dumb people to pray in).
Notice however that, to their credit, the Yahooligans couldn’t quite bring themselves to say “the Pope supports evolution”. Instead:
While the pope has spoken before about evolution, he has rarely delved back in time to discuss specific concepts such as the Big Bang, which scientists believe led to the formation of the universe some 13.7 billion years ago.
Yes, and the Pope has made quite clear where he stands on the only theory of evolution currently on offer, in the public media, Darwinism: He had prayer cards put out in many languages all over Rome a few years ago, saying “We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.” Some people have a really hard time accepting the obvious significance of that, so falsehoods circulate freely, especially among Catholic label powers, pundits, and authorities.
Benedict XVI is not heedless of the politically motivated falsehoods circulated about Catholic teachings. Recently, some Catholic-label U.S. politicians who tried to claim that the Catholic Church has never been certain in its stand against abortion were rebuked by the Vatican. It takes a long time to rouse the sleeping millennial Institution, but when roused, it doesn’t usually just roll over.