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FSU scientist: Catholic Church should lead on evolution



Cottlepaul The evolution debate in Florida may be over, for now, but it's still inspiring a fair amount of ink. Here's the latest: A polite and thoughtful piece from Florida State University physicist Paul Cottle in America: The National Catholic Weekly.

Cottle – who is Catholic, and was a member of the committee that wrote the new science standards – says he is disappointed that so many Florida Catholics oppose evolution education, given the church's official position otherwise. He also noted that no Catholic priests in Florida have signed the Clergy Letter Project.

"The Catholic Church in the United States has an opportunity to lead the nation to a resolution of this matter by educating its own followers about the church's embrace of modern science," Cottle wrote. "They can also point out to their Christian brothers and sisters, as Bishop Wenski did, that the teaching of evolution need not go hand in hand with a materialistic atheism."

Ron Matus, state education reporter


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:55am]


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