Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Aliens in the Vatican

It isn't really news, but it is fun.

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican's chief astronomer says that believing in aliens does not contradict faith in God.

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 Vatican newspaper 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?

4 comments:

Marcel said...

ET phone Rome was emailed to me...

Marcel said...

From lazy Keith - via email:

“Second star on the right, Bethlehem by morning”

“Close encounters of the Triune kind”

“Incoming message from the Big Giant Mitered Head”

“Alien v. Presbyter”

“Nanoo nanoo. And also with you.”

eric said...

Close encounters of the trinitarian kind

Sarah Reinhard said...

Did you see Fr. Roderick's take on this? His articles can be found at his blog here and here. Interesting stuff!