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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.

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February 13, 2009

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Carol

Well, I just hope no fish or ape says to me, "You are bone of my bone"--I'd have to hurt it.

R.P. Harrison

Many years ago, as a boy growing up in Texas, I read a book on evolution. I went to my pastor, a fine old priest, and asked him about the issue.

He told me--this was back in 1949--the Church took no position for or against the belief in evolution, but if I believed it, I had to believe that at some point in the evolution of life in the animal kingdom God had installed a human soul in the body. From that point forward, the living creature had free will--the ability to choose between right and wrong. In other words, the ability to think.

I found that a satisfactory explanation. And from that day I've had no problem with evolution--which I firmly believe--in the evolutionary development of primates; God gave them a human soul. Free will is the one thing that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. It’s the greatest gift God has bestowed on any of his creation, including the angles.

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