According to http://tinyurl.com/idnotsciencethe Catholic Church has realized that ID isnot intellectually rigorous science.
Here is a news report:
"A Vatican-backed conference on evolution is under attack from people who weren't invited to participate: those espousingcreationism and intelligent design...
"Organizers of the five-day conferenceat the Pontifical Gregorian University said Thursday that they barred intelligent design proponents because they wanted an intellectually rigorous conference on science, theology and philosophy to mark the 150th anniversary of CharlesDarwin's 'The Origin of Species.'"
The Discovery Institute has responded to that decision:
"The Discovery Institute, the main organizationsupporting intelligent design research,says it was shut out from presenting its views because the meeting was funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation, a major U.S. non-profit that has criticized the intelligent design movement."
The John Templeton Foundation is really dedicated to reconciling science and theology. Each year the Foundation awards the $1.6 million Templeton Prize to a `living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works'. Note the phrase "spiritual dimension'.
The goals of the John Templeton Foundation would seem to be perfectly aligned with ID. In fact, the Foundation USED to fund ID projects. They did so for a number of years.
But now that foundation, as well as the Catholic Church, have come to the realization that ID is an intellectual and scientfic backwater and they are now opposed to it.