Pope of hope

 MPost |  2014-10-30 22:42:12.0  |  New Delhi

Pope Francis, the 266th pope in a continuous line of apostolic succession of the Roman Catholic Church seems like a man on mission. If his comments on homosexuality caused enough flutter and may have paved the room for homosexual people to be brought into the mainstream in a never before attempt, his latest remarks on the theories of evolution including the Big Bang and also his perspective that ‘God is not a magician with a magic wand’ are proof enough that the Pontificate has realised that the ‘pseudo theories’ of creationism and intelligent design should be put to rest for once and for all.


However, if anyone who rightly needs to be attributed is Pope Pius XII who remained as the Church authority from 1939 to 1958. It was Pope Pius XII who opened the door to the idea of evolution and actively welcomed the Big Bang theory. The Catholic Church which for long has had an anti science stance and which got globally highlighted especially after it refused to buy and forced to retract Galileo Galilei, the famous Italian inventor from his theory of heretics which suggested that the Earth revolved around the sun and not the other way round.

In a statement which suggests rationality from the Papal end, Pope Francis made it amply clear that creation as far as Genesis (the first chapter of the Christian Old Testament) reads out is not about the God being a magician but a well thought about strategy wherein he (the God) created humans and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each of them. Considering the ramifications that this may have, nobody can deny that the Roman Catholic Church has indeed taken a huge step and embraced a thought process to which its most recent predecessor was not in agreement to.

Pope Benedict XVI had endorsed the idea that the creation of living beings was an intelligent cause and not natural selection. With acceding to the Big Bang theory, Pope Francis has made it amply clear that the theory does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but rather, requires it.     

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