Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Vatican astronomer: extraterrestrial brothers possible

Can extraterrestrial aliens and Catholicism coexist?

The Vatican's chief astronomer says there is no conflict between believing in God and in the possibility of extraterrestrial "brothers" perhaps more evolved than humans.

"In my opinion this possibility exists," said the Reverend José Gabriel Funes, head of the Vatican Observatory and a scientific adviser to Pope Benedict XVI, referring to life on other planets.

"How can we exclude that life has developed elsewhere," he said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, published in its Tuesday-Wednesday edition. The large number of galaxies with their own planets makes this possible, he noted.

I sense problems at the Vatican.

It's just a hunch.

Image credits: Tony Gentile/Reuters and Shalashaska77

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