Pope calls for protection of environment, says creation-evolution debate is ‘absurdity’:
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“They are presented as alternatives that exclude each other,” the Pope said. “This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”
However, evolution does not answer all of the great philosophical questions, he said, including: Where does everything come from?
“This obedience to the voice of the Earth is more important for our future happiness ... than the desires of the moment. Our Earth is talking to us and we must listen to it and decipher its message if we want to survive,” he stated.
Alas, I do think these quotes are genuine. About the following there is no doubt, unless they are shortened in Translation:
Confer Summa, II-II, Question 2. The act of faith (articles 5 and 6):
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Therefore, as regards the primary points or articles of faith, man is bound to believe them, just as he is bound to have faith; but as to other points of faith, man is not bound to believe them explicitly, but only implicitly, or to be ready to believe them, in so far as he is prepared to believe whatever is contained in the Divine Scriptures. Then alone is he bound to believe such things explicitly, when it is clear to him that they are contained in the doctrine of faith.
I answer that, The unfolding of matters of faith is the result of Divine revelation: for matters of faith surpass natural reason. Now Divine revelation reaches those of lower degree through those who are over them, in a certain order; to men, for instance, through the angels, and to the lower angels through the higher, as Dionysius explains (Coel. Hier. iv, vii). On like manner therefore the unfolding of faith must needs reach men of lower degree through those of higher degree. Consequently, just as the higher angels, who enlighten those who are below them, have a fuller knowledge of Divine things than the lower angels, as Dionysius states (Coel. Hier. xii), so too, men of higher degree, whose business it is to teach others, are under obligation to have fuller knowledge of matters of faith, and to believe them more explicitly.
Now, in the Church Hierarchy you cannot come higher than Bishop and Pope. Furthermore, there is a kind of superstition in the "obeying the voice of the earth". Most of the diabolic superstition of Sibyls was Apolline, but Dodona was Jovial and I think precisely Delphus was Telluric before being Apolline.*
Mairie du III, Paris
St Bridget of Vadstena
*If you doubt Delphic Apollo was diabolic, watch out what he did to Sibyls during seances or what he did to lives of Acrisios, Iocaste, Oedipus, or to those of Agamemno, Clytaemnestra, Electra and Orestes.