Have you heard the refrain from conservative Catholic apologists that the Church has "never had a problem" with evolution? Or perhaps that theological objections to evolutionary theory are based solely in rigidly literalistic interpretations of Genesis 1 or are primarily Protestant concerns? This new exhaustive article on evolutionary theology on Unam Sanctam Catholicam's website will demonstrate that the opposite is in fact true; the Catholic Church was one of the first Christian bodies to object to evolution, doing so in 1860, only one year after Origin of Species. And the fundamental objection was not centered on literalism in Genesis 1 - although that was a concern - but on the question of substance and how creatures could be said to have substances expressed in 'natures' if everything was in a constant state of change. How could we speak of "being" when evolution teaches that there is only "becoming"?
Click here to read "Solemn Enthronement of Evolution" on Unam Sanctam Catholicam.
While you're at it, here are some other recent articles:
Power of St. Patrick's Breastplate - Why we should not omit petitions against witches and warlocks in this famous prayer.
Great Storm of August, 1792 - Record of the violent tempest during the French Revolution which threw down the crosses of Paris' churches and signified the entry of Satan into the kingdom, according to contemporaries.
Our Greatest Lie - We always tell people, "I'll pray for you", but do we really?
Di Rossi finds the Catacombs of Callixtus - Fascinating story of the discovery of one of the most important Roman catacombs, with touching anecdotes about Pius IX and his interest in the work.
Resisting Temptation - Why we are tempted and what is the best way to resist it, based on Scripture and the Imitation of Christ.
Multiple Voices in the Passion Readings - History of one of Holy Week's most distinctive liturgical practices.
Canonization and the Early Church - A tremendously long and bulky article on how saints were declared in the first four centuries of Christendom; I am still revising my thesis here, but the majority of it is sound.
Homosexual "Marriage" is not a Civil Right - Legal, social and philosophical reasons why it is inaccurate to speak of homosexual so-called marriage as a civil right.
RCIA Church History part 2 - Continuation of our RCIA Church History series, spanning from 1054-2013
Monuments Men (2014)
Heaven is for Real (2014)
Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
God's Not Dead (2013)
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
St. Plegemund of Canterbury (d. 923)