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 Vatican has a chief astronomer? Seriously? I swear, somewhere Galileo must be spinning in his grave.
While this does little to change my own thoughts about the possibility of life on other planets, it sure does go a long way toward explaining why this guy is so darn creepy.