Tuesday, May 13, 2008

ET! Come Back! We Do Believe!

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.


Terry Nelson said...

I commented to Vincenzo that I was disappointed nothing was mentioned about alien abduction. I've never been the same since. I wonder if a person has to confess the probes?

mcmlxix said...

Sure...possible...but I think the concept (ala Jacques Vallée) that UFO and abduction phenomena represent ultra-terrrestrial rather than extra-terrestrial phenomena is far more compelling. The implications are also far more interesting as well as potentially sinister.

Anonymous said...

Funny title, Ray! LOL

I find it fascinating that the Vatican even HAS a chief astronomer--lots of fruit there for alien-conspiracy theorists. Or, more likely, fodder for Dan Brown's next novel!

"...confess the probes"--Terry, you crack me up!!!

swissmiss said...

Me Irish grandparents often spoke of leprechauns, fairies and banshees. We are not alone :)