[A] senior cardinal has reaffirmed the church's historic support for theistic evolution.
Last week Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn called the theory of evolution "one of the very great works of intellectual history," and said he "see[s] no problem combining belief in the Creator with the theory of evolution." He also said he has no problem with theistic evolution provided "the limits of scientific theory are respected."
For more than 100 years, the Roman Catholic Church has taken an open position on common descent, the theory that animals and plants are descended from a common ancestor. But as Pulitzer Prize-winning author and science historian Dr. Edward J. Larson notes, the Catholic Church teaches that the human soul was created separately, and could have been imparted into an evolved human body.
I've got no problem giving the church dominion over our souls and giving science dominion over our facts. Were that everyone was as ... accepting of science as the Catholic Church.