He already flirted with the notion in the inaugural sermon of his pontificate, saying:
"We are not the accidental product, without meaning, of evolution."
This week, at the 2006 meeting of the Pope's SchÃ¼lerkreis - a group consisting mainly of his former doctoral students, that has been gathering annually since the late 1970s--discussion will concentrate on "the topic of creation".
According to the Guardian Unlimited:
There have been growing signs the Pope is considering aligning his church more closely with the theory of "intelligent design" taught in some US states. Advocates of the theory argue that some features of the universe and nature are so complex that they must have been designed by a higher intelligence. Critics say it is a disguise for creationism.
Crappy news if true. I guess that means my Flyingspaghettii Monster t-shirt comes out of storage. It looks like I'll be wearing it alot this winter.