If the Pope says (confirming what mainstream Christians have believed for a long time)
what mainstream christians?
i read the pope's quote yesterday, it later came to mind when i stumbled on yet-another-creationism-thread here on slashdot, about michigan state university hosting a conference and such. do us citizens realize that this is a problem with us christians *only*? they are not mainstream at all! that this ongoing charade is possible in a developed country is startling. you won't find such widespread intellectual insult among western christians elsewhere. not even in spain, with an extreme national-catholic background still deeply entrenched in power and pretty low scores in education, does this find a minimum audience. not even on junk tv. in us it spread from the university!? dudes, ...
that homosexuals aren't bad, and now Evolution and Big Bang are consistent with orthodox Catholic thought, what the heck else are we going to build our strawmen attacks out of? ...because you don't really think this will change anyone's mind about how they feel about religion, do you?
francisco is cool, exactly the worst pope to have. ratzinger's rancid fundamentalism was just fine, it drove many lost souls away. too bad, the roman catholic church must have had an epiphany, because they realized this too. now they have a celebrity!