The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, says that the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.
In an interview published Tuesday by
Vaticannewspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Funes says that such a notion "doesn't contradict our faith" because aliens would still be God's creatures.
The interview was headlined "The extraterrestrial is my brother." Funes said that ruling out the existence of aliens would be like "putting limits" on God's creative freedom.
Nothing really new here and I agree. But, I can see the headlines now:
-Pope is from Mars, Laity from Venus
-Vatican re-writes Bible to include parable of the prodigal martian
-Ecumenical prayer service to now include extraterrestrials.
I know our readers can do better than that. What headlines would you like to see?