It is common today to hear Catholics justifying support for the theory of evolution as if there’s nothing in the Church that opposes it. The truth is that the Church has explicitly taught that the world began 4,000 years before the coming of Christ. In fact, this was said to be the reason why we celebrate 4 weeks in Advent season.
The quoted passage is taken from a book titled “Pictorial Lives of the Saints”, by John Gilmary Shea in 1889, back when Catholic books actually were approved by bishops of the Church before being published. This one was approved by Pope St. Leo XIII.
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