Q: Some of my Protestant friends insist the Genesis account is to be taken literally – the Adam and Eve story is a factual account and evolution is a fairy tale. There seems to be a lot of scientific evidence for evolution – do I have to disavow that?
Thanks for sending in this question – it’s a good opportunity for us to take a look at how Catholics read Scripture and what we understand about creation.
In 2017, Theology 101 is focusing on the topic of evangelization. Specifically, the task is to offer some ways of approaching various questions Catholics may encounter from co-workers, family and friends regarding the practice of the faith. Of course, we must remember that nothing can replace the power of witnessing to the Good News through our own actions and words combined with our willingness to accompany others on their faith journey.
Feast Day: Aug. 21
When St. Pius X was named pope in 1903, he used the words of St. Paul to state his most fervent desire: “to restore all things in Christ.” (Eph 1:10) How was this to be achieved? Through education – by teaching Christian doctrine to the young and the old, to the rich and the poor. He felt religious devotion was devoid of meaning unless people understood their faith.
Pictured right: Pope Francis waves as he leaves a special audience at the Vatican.
Family is a treasure
In an audience with members of the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations, Pope Francis commended the federation for its 20 years of service toward making sure that family is considered Europe’s “most precious treasure.” The Holy Father went on to talk about the value of families and the role they play in society, saying that they make the world “more humane and more fraternal, where no one feels rejected or abandoned.”
Dear Father Joe – I’ve never understood why it’s June and we’re still celebrating Easter at church. Why isn’t Easter over at the end of Easter Sunday?
I think if we take a few minutes to really look at Easter, we’ll understand why it encompasses a whole season in the Church, not just a day. At Easter, we look not just at what Jesus did for us in the resurrection, but also what he did to us.