It's not like I look at the Vatican as some substantial, watchtower sentinel. Actually, I see them as more of the John McCain of Christendom; they're just not happy unless they're wrenching the steadfast out of their positions with criticisms and tactical, leftward maneuvering.
I'm still listening to my Catholic co-workers hold forth with Pope John Paul's "Evolution and Creation can co-exist" nonsense. Tomorrow I'm going to go in there and have to contend with the Art Bell Eucharist and Pizza before Bedtime Delusions:
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.
One could have a field day with that last line alone . . .
UPDATE: Looks like Josh R. was posting about this at nearly the exact same time I was. Conspiracy?