Holy canoli, this pope is tearing it up and is showing no signs of slowing down. First Despite previous Pope Benedict XVI (aka Uncle Ben)'s firm beliefs on creationism, Monday, the chill as fuck Pope has decreed that God is "not a magician with a magic wand." Oh shit.
In his speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope stated, via NBC:
"The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it derives directly from a supreme principle that creates out of love…The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God; on the contrary, it requires it. Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve."
Cue your air horns.
The Pontiff said God created beings "and let them develop in accordance with the internal laws that he has given to each one." He said: "When we read in Genesis the account of creation [we are] in danger of imagining that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand that can do all things. But he is not."
Um, so that seems like it would be a lot to take in for people who have remained steadfast creationists. Are all y'all doing okay? (If you read this site, that is.) It's all the more groundbreaking and heartening considering the fact that the Vatican's two-week Synod on "the Family" and their stance on LGBT people left off on a disappointingly vague note.