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It seems contradictory that our school system teaches about prehistoric Dinosaurs, that roamed the earth far before humans arrived, and yet at the same time (in Catholic schools) the children are taught that God created the world equipped with human beings in seven days. Are there any official statements by the Church on this subject?

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    ... If you've attended a "Catholic" school that strictly taught creationism, I daresay it's not actually a Catholic school. The official statement of the Church is that, while a Catholic could interpret the creation accounts literally, "the Church" does not interpret them as such. – svidgen Sep 8 '13 at 16:39
  • Welcome to the site. As a new visitor, I'd recommend checking out the following two posts, which are meant to help newcomers "learn the ropes": help page and How we are different than other sites? It also doesn't hurt to use the "search" feature to see if your question has already been asked. A site search for the word "dinosaurs" brings up several results. – David Stratton Sep 8 '13 at 16:50
  • A search on "creationism" brings up many more... – David Stratton Sep 8 '13 at 16:54
  • The Catholic teaching on Creation starts at vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P19.HTM and includes at least the next two pages. There's a LOT. – Andrew Leach Sep 8 '13 at 17:24
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    Are you asking specifically for a Catholic point of view? – Bruce Alderman Sep 8 '13 at 22:07

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