Hot on the heels of his announcement that science and religion are compatible and that evolution is accepted by the Catholic Church, Pope Francis turns around and praises exorcists for combating ‘the Devil’s works’, and warns of a rise in Satanism and the occult. It’s like two steps forward and four hundred years back with the Catholic Church as they are dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Peter Rowney, Lemon Tree Passage
Peter Rowney (Short Takes 10/11), Pope Francis’ announcement on evolution was neither new nor forward thinking. The Catholic Church has endorsed theistic evolution for over 60 years – since the reforms of Pope Pius XII. A step forward for the church would be to distance itself from evolution and adopt a theory on the diversification of life that better accommodates the empirical data.
Gary Robertson, Pacific Pines
Newcastle Herald – Short Takes – 17/11