The Catholic Church's science department(what's it called?) and even the recently deceased John Paul II have all pretty much acknowledged that evolution is no longer a mere theory. This isn't as good as acknowledging evolution for the fact that it is BUT we are talking about the Vatican here. Not exactly the most progressive group on Earth. The former director of their observatory has even gone on record as saying that creationism is NOT a scientific theory. But as far as the Vatican goes :
Originally Posted by jujuman13
Pope John Paul II :
Today, more than a half-century after the appearance of that encyclical, some new findings lead us toward the recognition of evolution as more than a hypothesis. In fact it is remarkable that this theory has had progressively greater influence on the spirit of researchers, following a series of discoveries in different scholarly disciplines. The convergence in the results of these independent studies -- which was neither planned nor sought -- constitutes in itself a significant argument in favor of the theory."
Fr. Coyne former Chief Astronomer for the Vatican :
ntelligent design isn't science even though it pretends to be. If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science.
I don't know the new pope's clear stance on evolution but if this :
We cannot say: creation or evolution, inasmuch as these two things respond to two different realities. The story of the dust of the earth and the breath of God, which we just heard, does not in fact explain how human persons come to be but rather what they are. It explains their inmost origin and casts light on the project that they are. And, vice versa, the theory of evolution seeks to understand and describe biological developments. But in so doing it cannot explain where the 'project' of human persons comes from, nor their inner origin, nor their particular nature. To that extent we are faced here with two complementary -- rather than mutually exclusive -- realities.
Is anything to go by then he is keeping in line with his predecessor. Not really acknowledging evolution as a fact but avoiding confrontation by giving the scientific community the benefit of doubt.