OK, actually, I do agree with the director of the Observatory here. I can go Franciscan and welcome Brother Green Hairy Alien. But did he have to say "extraterrestrial brother"? Why not just wave a red flag in front of my blog and scream "POST ME! POST ME!"
(AP) VATICAN CITY - Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican's chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday.
The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.
"How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?" Funes said. "Just as we consider earthly creatures as 'a brother,' and 'sister,' why should we not talk about an 'extraterrestrial brother'? It would still be part of creation."
In the interview by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Funes said that such a notion "doesn't contradict our faith" because aliens would still be God's creatures. Ruling out the existence of aliens would be like "putting limits" on God's creative freedom, he said.
And, uh, clearly he hasn't been watching the latest version of Doctor Who. If those aliens are our brothers and sisters, we have some serious Fall action going on outside of humanity.
Full story here.
HT: Ray at Stella Borealis.