Pope Benedict XVI

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General Reference

Speeches & Writings

Quotes from

  • as Pope
    • "...it is also true that the theory of evolution is not a complete, scientifically proven theory ... We cannot haul 10,000 generations into the laboratory. ... The question is not to either make a decision for a creationism that fundamentally excludes science, or for an evolutionary theory that covers over its own gaps and does not want to see the questions that reach beyond the methodological possibilities of natural science." [1]
      • 2007-04-12 The Pope is not our friend: he is the friend of irrationalism, dogma, and superstition, so treat him appropriately by PZ Meyers: "Ultimately, though, our enemies are not the propagandists of the DI, they are not the dishonest televangelists and wandering creationist preachers, they are not the people who have been duped by the misleading dogmas of the church – our enemies are bad ideas. The pope is a mouthpiece for bad ideas. When we go easy on bad ideas because they aren't coming out of the mouths of the usual suspects, or because they're said by someone who might support us in other ways, we have lost our perspective on what we are fighting for."
  • as Cardinal Ratzinger
    • "...that which is called 'femininity' is more than simply an attribute of the female sex. The word designates indeed the fundamental human capacity to live for the other and because of the other." [2]