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Challenges Vatican paper

To the editor:

In reference to the weekly edition of the Catholic Courier for January 28/29, I would like to comment on the short article under Capsules on “Intelligent design isn’t science, newspaper says.”

The article states that Intelligent Design is not science and should not be taught as science alongside Darwinism. I would like to know who in “the Vatican newspaper” wrote the article and what his credentials are. It is poor reporting to cite the newspaper without any further source to verify the report. There are many scientists who would disagree with this article. The book “A Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel investigates the scientific evidence for Intelligent Design. The book has innumerable sources to verify its information. Evolution and Intelligent Design are not in opposition to each other and should be taught in our schools.

Lee Burns

Triton Court


EDITOR’S NOTE: The capsule item was distilled from a longer CNS item, which noted that the article in question, published in the Jan. 17 edition of L’Osservatory Romano, had been written by Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna in Italy. Regarding the status of L’Osservatory Romano we can offer this: At the time of the newspaper’s 140th anniversary in 2001, Pope John Paul II said L’Osservatory Romano had strongly reflected the teachings of every pope since Blessed Pius IX, who founded it.

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