Pope says evolution can't be proven
BERLIN (April 11) - Benedict XVI, in his first extended reflections on evolution published as pope, says that Darwin's theory cannot be finally proven and that science has unnecessarily narrowed humanity's view of creation.
In a new book, "Creation and Evolution," published Wednesday in German, the pope praised progress gained by science, but cautioned that evolution raises philosophical questions science alone cannot answer . . . . . .
. . . He stopped short of endorsing intelligent design, but said scientific and philosophical reason must work together in a way that does not exclude faith.
So much for the notion that the Catholic Church has completely endorsed Darwinism.
I think that his non-endorsement of ID was mainly just a political fence-sitting move. This news article, for example, indicates that the pope has favored ID in the past. I presume that after the Galileo fiasco, the Catholic church would be very cautious about taking positions that might be unscientific.
Another news article about the pope's views about Darwinism is here. Panda's Thumb and Pharyngula have posts about this here and here, respectively.