Posted by: wtfwjd? | May 20, 2008

The Brother from Another Planet

VATICAN CITY: 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.

There could be other beings “who remained in full friendship with their creator,” he said.

“Why can’t we speak of a ‘brother extraterrestrial’? It would still be part of creation.”

Funes, who runs the observatory that is based south of Rome and in Arizona, held out the possibility that the human race might actually be the “lost sheep” of the universe.

Interesting that even when it comes to basic cosmology, Catholics don’t have the same inability to reconcile religious faith and science as do their terrestrial brothers in the fundamentalist Protestant sects:

He said he believed as an astronomer that the most likely explanation for the start of the universe was “the big bang,” the theory that it sprang into existence from dense matter billions of years ago. But he said this was not in conflict with faith in God as creator. “God is the creator,” he said. “There is a sense to creation. We are not children of an accident.”

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