My Catholic in-laws have told me for years that Genesis and the Old Testament are considered 'stories' for the purposes of allegorical interpretation. And they tell me according to this allegory, that the Scripture allows for the probability of evolution. Now made in the image of God is not a process evolving over eons of time.
Sometimes I get the idea that the right hand of the church has no clue what the left hand teaches.
That’s not what I believe — and I have taught a Bible Study on Genesis.
Because we weren't made in the XEROX IMAGE of God. We cannot photograph God, and everyone had a different 'drawing' of what he looks like. Even in the Bible he has been a column of lightning, of smoke, of light. He is described as unseeable, unviewable. Those who 'look' at God directly are vaporized from the intense 'glow' or radiation. Dozens of different descriptions in the Bible, and yet there are none in the Bible that describe him as a white male, 6'2", blue eyes, etc. Neither are there any descriptions of God as a nubian warrior, at least in the Bible.
How can we assume that 'image' means what we want it to mean? Especially when God is the creator and must be (logically, if nothing else) way beyond the understanding of that which he creates.
We even admit God works in mysterious ways, but we insist he looks like Santa Claus without the red outfit. Maybe he even 'appears' to us as what we want to see. But the point is that I just don't believe that the authors of that section of the Bible intended us to believe that the God of our entire Universe was limited to the physical form of an Earth dwelling creature who depends on water, earth, and a combination of gases to exist, and for only very, very short periods of time.
Think of the word 'image' and 'mind', or 'view', and see how much more sense that entire paragraph makes. And it changes not a thing about the word of God, it only changes our INTERPRETATION (or the one GIVEN to us by others).
The Archdiocese of Washington is also running a series, based on the Catechism, for this Year of Faith. They too have posted a tract on this topic, that might assist in viewing it through a different set of lenses.
The book of Genesis is a fruitful place to start our reflection. It recounts Gods creation of man in two stages. It says that, then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7). This account portrays man as having two essential principles. He is formed from the dust of the ground, made of stuff like all animals are. But theres more he also has the breath of life blown into his nostrils. There is something higher in man than mere matter. Man also has a soul.
It is finally here that we see our likeness to God. Because of our soul we have the power to know and to love. Rocks and stones, trees and plants are only things. But because of our soul, the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something but someone (CCC 357). For, of all visible creatures only man is able to know and love his creator (CCC 356). This grounds all of the awesome abilities which human beings have of entering into communion with other persons, of responding to God in grace, and responding to God in faith and love (CCC 357). No other animal tells jokes, prays, gets married or writes poems. No other animal searches for happiness and meaning in life.