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Church has a clear position on evolution; here it is



Published: Mon, January 10, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Church has a clear position on evolution; here it is

EDITOR:

Recent letters have made reference to the position of the Catholic Church on evolution. I hope to clarify the position of the Church on this matter.

In 1996, Pope John Paul II convened a meeting of leading scientists to explore the current status of evolutionary science. In his opening address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (Oct. 22, 1996), John Paul II stated that "today, almost half a century after the publication of the encyclical, (Humani Generis) new knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis. ... It is indeed remarkable that this theory has been progressively accepted by researchers, following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge." Ultimately, John Paul II states that "we know, in fact, that truth cannot contradict truth."

John Paul II continued that, "to tell the truth, rather than the theory of evolution, we should speak of several theories of evolution. ... Consequently, theories of evolution which, in accordance with the philosophies inspiring them, consider the spirit as emerging from the forces of living matter or as a mere epiphenomenon of this matter, are incompatible with the truth. Nor are they able to ground the dignity of the person."

Finally, the pontiff continues the Church's age old quest to reconcile faith and science as he stated that "consideration of the method used in the various branches of knowledge makes it possible to reconcile two points of view which would seem irreconcilable. The sciences of observation describe and measure the multiple manifestations of life with increasing precision and correlate them with the time line. The moment of transition to the spiritual cannot be the object of this kind of observation, which nevertheless can discover at the experimental level a series of very valuable signs indicating what is specific to the human being." God is still very much in the picture.

BRIAN R. CORBIN

Diocesan Director

Office of Social Action

Diocese of Youngstown

Other utilities have to compete; why not cable?

EDITOR:

On Dec. 19, I moved to a new home that I had built on the East Side of Youngstown. I called on Dec. 17 to have cable service at the old address disconnected as of Dec. 19, the day I was to move, and start it at the new address. The lady said that she could not tell me when the service would be connected. Someone would have the go out and investigate.

I called again on the 21st and the 23rd. I have spoken with at least seven people. It was the sixth person, on Dec. 23 who made an input to disconnect the old service. Later on that day I was told by a supervisor, who called me back, that service cannot be connected because of some bad cable in that area and the supervisor, who's on vacation until Dec. 27, has to release the order. I told her it was probably the cable that has been lying across my back yard from my sister's yard. That's another story.

She built next door, and has had a cable wire above ground for a year. This summer someone came and buried part of it on her property and the rest is lying above ground across my backyard and the house on the other side of me. There is a work order, but they cannot say when the work will be done.

The cable company advertises that they provide the best service in the cable industry. "Our world revolves around you, flexible service and 24-hour solutions." In our case, this is not true. It is not good service to be kept waiting on the phone for 20-30 minutes listening to a recording, only to have someone give you the run around.

They shouldn't be permitted to be the only cable company in the area. You should be able to choose your own company as you do with the utilities and phone services. What they need is some stiff competition.

Well I guess I will have to get an old antenna, dish or just read more.

SUSIE M. FORD

Youngstown




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