Vatican: Believing in Aliens Is OK

May 14, 2008 03:27 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The belief that extraterrestrial life exists in the universe does not contradict faith in God, according to the Vatican’s head astronomer.

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The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted in Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano on Tuesday as saying that it is possible that there could be intelligent life forms on other planets.

“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.”

However, blogger Donklephant wonders about the timing of the announcement, writing, “Obviously I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy nut, but why come out with this now?”

Two recent news reports regarding the existence of alien life may provide an answer.

On Monday, a crew of U.S. astronauts returning from their latest mission said that humanity will eventually find life elsewhere in the universe, according to an Agence France-Presse report.

“If we push back boundaries far enough, I’m sure eventually we’ll find something out there,” said Mike Foreman, a mission specialist on the Endeavour, which returned to Earth in March. “Maybe not as evolved as we are, but it’s hard to believe that there is not life somewhere else in this great universe,” he said.

In addition, the British government today released to the public its most comprehensive files on UFO activity, revealing that even air traffic controllers and police officers claim to have seen mysterious spacecraft hovering in the skies.

Headline Link: ‘It’s OK To Believe in Aliens’

Related Topics: Do extraterrestrials exist?

Opinion & Analysis: Blogger questions timing of Vatican announcement

Background: L’Osservatore Romano

Reference: findingDulcinea’s Web Guide to Astronomy


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