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O'Hara Factor
Friday, August 05, 2005

Director of Vatican Observatory (linked to UA) attacks cardinal for rejecting "evolution in the neo-Darwinian sense"

The Tablet

Father George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory and UA astronomy professor, has rebuffed Cardinal Christoph Shonborn, archbishop of Vienna, for denying that evolution was compatible with the Christian faith in an article "Finding Design in Nature" published in the New York Times last month.

According to its website (hosted on a UA server oddly enough), "The Vatican Observatory Research Group operates the 1.8m Alice P. Lennon Telescope with its Thomas J. Bannan Astrophysics Facility, known together as the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT), at the Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO) in southeastern Arizona."

Cardinal Shonborn's credentials include longtime association with Pope Benedict XVI as well has having been the lead editor of the 1992 Cathechism of the Catholic Church.

This is one of those things MSM might pick up on, so you heard it here first.

Shonborn's article (July 7, 2005; Section A; Column 1; Editorial Desk; Pg. 23) is available on Lexis-Nexis, including through the UA library link. Coyne's article is published in The Tablet, a Catholic weekly journal published in Britain.

Hat tip: New Zealand Herald

Update: The Catholic Monarchist says it won't change a thing and that Shonborn is right.


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