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Vatican: It’s OK to believe in aliens

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I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

According to an article in the Associated Press, the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere” Funes said. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother’ or “a sister’, why should we not talk about ‘an extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”

I didn’t even know that the Vatican had an Observatory, much less a Chief Astronomer. This blows my mind, especially considering that Galileo, the astronomer who was deemed a heretic in 1633 for declaring that the Earth revolved around the Sun, was only officially pardoned by the Catholic Church in 1992. Wow!!!!

First, the Pope comes to the US last month and wins hearts everywhere. Next, the Catholic Church is welcoming extraterrestrial brothers. What’s next???