i have nothing to interject on the evolution part of this(Mokele has handled that very well). but i was involved in one heck of a religious disscution a few weeks back with some very religious ppl that i extreamly respect who were talking with me(who tends to shy away from religion).
the main point they hammered home in the discussion was that there are no real problems with science and the catholic religion. there opinions is when there is 100% understanding of science and a 100% understanding of the bible than there will be zero conflicts. currently we are a long ways from both. the interesting point on this is none of them have a true science background. they firmly believe in god and firmly believe in science, they are just explaining different things.