Francis Rocca of the Religion News Service has an article that appears in the WaPo about the upcoming Vatican conference on science. The conference has been organized by the Reverend Marc Leclerc. The story notes:
Leclerc, lead organizer of the upcoming Darwin conference, said last year that no proponents of creationism or intelligent design had been invited to the event.
Yet the Vatican's embrace of Darwin remains a qualified one. The conference is "not, even minimally, a 'celebration' in honor of the English scientist," Leclerc said. "It is simply a matter of taking stock of the event that has forever marked the history of science and has influenced how we understand our own humanity."
Even so, it is a step in the right direction in that a major denomination is explicitly tackling these issues and is being public about it. More on the conference can be found at the Catholic News Service, here.