God is not some sort of wizard, said Francis, but rather "the Creator who brought all things into being." The origin of the world derives directly "from a supreme Principle of creative love," he added.
"Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve."
The above is a quote from a Breitbart article, of all places, the focus of which was Francis' statement that the "Big Bang" theory "doesn't contradict the intervention of a divine Creator, but demands it, because the beginning of the world is not the work of chaos."
This may seem to some to be a peon to some creationists, but literal creationists - the kind that make up many American Evangelicals - aren't having it.
While they haven't really said anything yet (they might be too flabbergasted), Evangelicals will certainly make a "don't believe that wimpy Catholic" statement in their churches. And while they might focus on the evolution aspect in their sermons, they will quietly bristle at the statement that God is "not a magician with a magic wand," laying waste the image of God they have so assiduously created through years of controlling the "flock."
It Won't Go Well In Texas
"All Christians and men of good faith are therefore called upon today to fight, not only for the abolition of the death penalty--whether it is legal or illegal, and in all its forms--but also to improve the conditions of incarceration to ensure that the human dignity of those deprived of their freedom is respected.Rick Perry, of course, is Texas Christianity personified, proud of his number of executions, a point which he might make during his next presidential bid. He will certainly be mobilizing against the Vatican (with guns supplied free by the NRA) before then.
"And this, for me, is linked to life sentences. For a short time now, these no longer exist in the Vatican penal code. A sentence of life (without parole) is a hidden death penalty."
Welcoming Gays - NOT
Pope Francis appeared on Saturday night to have lost out to powerful conservatives in the Roman Catholic church after bishops scrapped language that had been hailed as a historic warming of attitudes towards gay people.
The synod was supposed to be about families: Francis' first draft, which included "welcoming homosexuals" was at first watered down, then vetoed (scrapped) by the synod. There were arguments about the wording, but in the end, the message was clear: no real acceptance of gays or their relationships. Conservative Catholic Bishops had won this round.
Moore: "The idea that one is simply the sum of one's sexual identity is something that is psychologically harmful ultimately, And I think also we have a situation where gay and lesbian people have been treated really, really badly. The response is not shunning, putting them out on the street. The answer is loving your child."
Considering that 30 years ago, during the Age of AIDS, Southern Baptists were foremost in evicting gay people with AIDS - while they were sick and dying - this is indeed a radical departure from traditional Southern Baptist ideology.