VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that "intelligent design" isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.
The Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said placing intelligent design theory alongside that of evolution in school programs was "wrong" and was akin to mixing apples with oranges.
"Intelligent design isn't science even though it pretends to be," the ANSA news agency quoted Coyne as saying on the sidelines of a conference in Florence. "If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science."
Wow! I hope this doesn't get him in trouble with his superiors in the Vatican. They don't exactly have a great track record with astronomers. Giordano Bruno embraced the Copernican theory, and they burned him at the stake. Galileo was forced to recant, and they let him off with life imprisonment.