Pope John Paul endorses evolution as the means by which our bodies came to be what they are
Pope John Paul II revisited the question of evolution in a 1996 a message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Unlike Pius XII, John Paul is broadly read, and embraces science and reason.
He recognized that science and Scripture sometimes have apparent contradictions, but said that when this is the case, a solution must be found because truth cannot contradict truth. The Pope pointed to the Churchs coming to terms with Galileos discoveries concerning the nature of the solar system as an example of how science might inspire the Church to seek a new and correct interpretation of the inspired word.
When the pope came to the subject of the scientific merits of evolution, it soon became clear how much things had changed in the nearly since the Vatican last addressed the issue. John Paul said:
Today, almost half a century after publication of the encyclical, new knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis. It is indeed remarkable that this theory has been progressively accepted by researchers, following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge. The convergence, neither sought nor fabricated, of the results of work that was conducted independently is in itself a significant argument in favor of the theory
To which, TCS says "Amen - it is a VERY significant argument"
Evolution, a doctrine that Pius XII only acknowledged as an unfortunate possibility, John Paul accepts forty-six years later as an effectively proven fact. (ROA, 82)