updated 5/13/2008 3:57:50 PM ET
VATICAN CITY — 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, said 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 said 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.
This extra-terrestrial is NOT my brother and should not be alluded to with this conviction. This is absurd. The only being with a higher moral value than man who will come to earth is the promised Messiah. There is no such thing as an extra-terrestrial. Anything extra-terrestrial that comes to us will be sent from Satan as Fallen Angels and DEMONS. Do NOT be deceived. If Father Jose Gabriel Funes SJ wishes to represent the teachings of Jesus Christ and those of the Word of God, if in fact he does, then he should refrain from making such barbaric statements since they are harmful and dangerous.