The Sixty Minutes piece on Bobby Jindal mentioned that he believes in, among other things, creationism. This fits in will with his predictable views on abortion and stem cell research, of course, but I'm wondering if this is a common belief held by catholics or the Catholic Church. I'm not now, nor have I ever been a catholic, but I was married to an active one for 21 years and attended church with her on a regular basis. As such, a lot of our friends were also of that faith. But I never got the impression that thinking catholics put a lot of credence in the creationist viewpoint. Perhaps the subject just wasn't brought up that often.
My present spouse is a long-lapsed catholic who no longer holds any of the dogmatic precepts of the faith, but she was raised in a household that adhered to the church teachings. She says she's never known another catholic who believed in the creationist nonsense. So is Jindal typical in this belief or is he pandering to the base?