Cardinal Schoenborn suggests that Darwinists are every bit as dogmatic as the Catholic Church has been accused of being.
February 8, 2007
Cardinal: Schools Quiet Evolution Debate
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 12:28 a.m. ET
NEW YORK (AP) — An influential Roman Catholic cardinal whose comments on evolution are closely followed condemned a court decision Wednesday that barred a Pennsylvania school district from teaching ”intelligent design” in biology class.
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna said in a lecture that restricting debate about Darwin’s theory of evolution amounts to censorship in schools and in the broader public.
”Commonly in the scientific community every inquiry into the scientific weaknesses of the theory is blocked off at the very outset,” Schoenborn said of Darwinism. ”To some extent there prevails a type of censoring here of the sort for which one eagerly reproached the church in former times.”
The cardinal said he found it ”amazing” that a U.S. federal court ruled in 2005 that the Dover, Pa., public school district could not teach the concept of ”intelligent design” as part of its science class. The judge had said that the theory, which says an intelligent supernatural force explains the emergence of complex life forms, was creationism in disguise.
The cardinal said the Dover ruling meant that schoolchildren would only be taught a materialistic, atheistic view of the origin of universe, without considering the idea that God played a role.
”A truly liberal society would at least allow students to hear of the debate,” he said.