Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we have a preacher — Deacon Bernard “Pat” Knier of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. We understand that Catholic deacons are ordained, so we’ll refer to him as rev. We’ll give you some excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Science to re-think ideas about evolution, Darwin had it all wrong. Vanity of vanities; we think we know it all. I was reading an article recently from The National Catholic Register titled “Real presence challenges science” by Patti Armstrong.
This is the article the rev is talking about, which begins with this:
Ron Tesoriero, a Catholic lawyer and documentary maker from Australia, has considered the scientific findings from three Eucharistic miracles and is using them to present an argument that challenges prevailing scientific thought on the creation and evolution of life.
The rev’s letter is all about those Eucharistic miracles. He says:
The scientific investigation reveals that what was previously bread (a host) had transformed into living heart tissue and that complex life has come into existence spontaneously from non-living matter.
Amazing! Let’s read on:
You may remember a previous article about this subject that I shared with you some time ago involving the Eucharistic miracle in Argentina that occurred in 1996. Similar studies were performed by different teams of scientists on the miraculous bleeding host that occurred in Lanciano, Italy in 750 A.D. and the most recent miracle that occurred in Sokolka, Poland on Oct. 12, 2008. All three findings of each scientific examination by separate teams of scientists concluded with the same results. They were all in fact human heart muscle living tissue, with human DNA, and the same AB blood type.
We found some links to discussions of those miracles. There’s not much we can say about the one from 750 AD, but Wikipedia has a write-up on it: Miracle of Lanciano. As for the two recent events, this is about the one in Argentina: A Eucharistic Miracle in Argentina, and here’s the other one Apparent Eucharistic Miracle in Poland Reveals What Catholics Already Know. Okay, back to the rev’s letter:
According to Tesoriero, “the standard set out by Darwin, the father of the Theory of Evolution, is no longer tenable. (This is) because it states that all life forms of Earth today are the product of an evolutionary process over billions of years and must have evolved from a single, ancient cell created by chance.” Darwin had claimed in his book “The Origin of Species,” “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
Egad — that’s exactly what Darwin said — see Origin of Species, Chapter 6 This looks serious! The rev continues:
So, it looks like by Darwin’s own words, God has completely blown his theory out of the water, (or element pool so to speak). So, where do we go from here to understand the origins of life and species?
Gasp! If Darwin was so spectacularly wrong, then where do we go? What should we believe? Here’s more from the rev:
Do we need to re-write all of the textbooks and re-teach all of the minds that were convinced of the idea that chimpanzees are our cousins? How can we ever find the funds or the initiative to begin such a monumental undertaking?
What is to be done? The rev suggests:
Maybe a good place to start is by looking to the past. Perhaps looking at a time when people respected the ideas of others and weren’t inclined to lead protests when we disagreed with them. We could look at attitudes of people in times when all human life was sacred (all lives mattered). We may look to a system that guided our thoughts so we knew the difference between right and wrong, good and evil.
Yes — we need to return to the good old days, when everything was wonderful! And now we come to the end of the rev’s letter:
The very thought — a time when humans believed they were divinely guided for a purpose, other than individual interpretation? Let’s think for a moment what most people believed in those days. It was written in a book called Genesis, and started with a familiar phrase, “In the beginning, when God created the Heavens and the Earth….”
Well, dear reader? Now that Darwinism is dead, it would seem that there is no alternative.
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