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Vatican Says Alien Life Plausible

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the well-that's-charitable-of-the-vatican dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "According to BBC, the director of the Vatican Observatory stated in an article titled 'Aliens Are My Brother' that intelligent beings created by God could exist in outer space. 'The search for forms of extraterrestrial life does not contradict belief in God. — Just as there are multiple forms of life on earth, so there could exist intelligent beings in outer space created by God.' Mind that this is not the same director who said that evolution is more than a mere theory — that was Father Coyne. I myself agree. There might be intelligent beings created by God in outer space even if there are none here on earth."

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Finaly! (5, Funny)

n1_111 (597775) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409712)

And who is this God they are referring to ?

first pope(st)! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409720)

SPACE POPE INDAHOUS [wikia.com]

Mythbusters (5, Funny)

qoncept (599709) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409726)

I'm waiting for an answer from a legitimate authority.

Re:Mythbusters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409820)

This is God, there is nothing to see here move along now

Re:Mythbusters (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409942)

I'm waiting for an answer from a legitimate authority.


Exactly.. like from NASA, ESA, or SETI... NOT from an organization trying to cover their collective ass as they fade into irrelevance.

Re:Mythbusters (1, Insightful)

gnick (1211984) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410074)

I'm waiting for an answer from a legitimate authority.
He said, "The search for forms of extraterrestrial life does not contradict belief in God." Are you suggesting that the search for forms of extraterrestrial life does contradict belief in God? I can't imagine any "legitimate authority" that would support that, although several may debate belief in God on other grounds.

Re:Mythbusters (5, Funny)

DanWS6 (1248650) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410104)

How exactly would they attempt this? Adam would run around trying to kill Christians to see if God intervenes meanwhile Jaime would try to build a holy communication device to call God then at the end of the show they'd claim the myth is busted?

Re:Mythbusters (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410130)

Mythbusters would be a good start; there's certainly been no word from God. In fact, it has been His deafening silence after the tsunami that drowned thousands of innocent children (and now the earthquake in China), that finalized both my disbelief in a supreme being and my hatred for the Catholic church.

And don't give me any of that "not ours to understand..." crap. Your god's a farce.

Might be life? (5, Funny)

Clockwork Apple (64497) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409742)

Doesn't the Pope have direct communication with god? Why doesn't he just ask for christ's sake?

C.

Re:Might be life? (5, Funny)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409802)

Have you read the bible? God is obviously one of those irritating gurus/wisemen/martial art masters who speak in riddles to amuse themselves.

Re:Might be life? (5, Informative)

JeanPaulBob (585149) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409904)

Doesn't the Pope have direct communication with god?
Um... No, actually. Catholics think he is infallible when he speaks "ex cathedra", but not that he has verbal back-and-forth communication with God.

Re:Might be life? (5, Funny)

Fx.Dr (915071) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409946)

Very true. The red phone on the Pope's desk actually links directly to Wayne Manor.

Re:Might be life? (1)

Brad_sk (919670) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409928)

LOL....

Re:Might be life? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410076)

Because no one likes SPOILERS.

god is a . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409744)

null pointer

Whew! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409746)

Thank God!

I Figure God... (5, Funny)

Wandering Wombat (531833) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409748)

... just made humans as a cautionary example, and shows us on CCTVs all over the Universe as a sort of "The More You Know!" service.

This is so not news (-1, Redundant)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409752)

This isn't news inside of Slashdot, and it certainly isn't news outside of Slashdot.

Re:This is so not news (5, Funny)

gnick (1211984) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410114)

This isn't news inside of Slashdot, and it certainly isn't news outside of Slashdot.
On a related note - I have nothing to say and thought that you all may enjoy it if I shared that fact with you. No need to thank me.

the paranoid in me says-- (5, Interesting)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409754)

there is a related announcement coming soon from world leaders,
and this pronouncement from the vatican is so that they don't bleed followers in the mayhem to follow.

Soo... (-1, Flamebait)

JohnnyKnoxville (311956) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409756)

Scientology is right?

C.S. Lewis came to this conclusion years ago. (2, Interesting)

genner (694963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409758)

C.S. Lewis came to this conclusion years ago. Glad the Catholics finally caught up with us Protestants.

Re:C.S. Lewis came to this conclusion years ago. (1, Flamebait)

smolloy (1250188) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409860)

Well if C.S.Lewis AND the Pope say there's intelligent life out there, then it *must* be true!

Re:C.S. Lewis came to this conclusion years ago. (2, Informative)

genner (694963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409986)

No they just said it's possible, and that the religon doesn't collapse at the discovery of fossils on Mars.

Re:C.S. Lewis came to this conclusion years ago. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410086)

Well, it's always good to cover your ass...

Re:C.S. Lewis came to this conclusion years ago. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409920)

I wonder how many Protestants don't view this as an affront to God...

Re:C.S. Lewis came to this conclusion years ago. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410012)

And plenty of atheists came to that conclusion before C. S. Lewis.

Glad to see the protestants catching up.

Re:C.S. Lewis came to this conclusion years ago. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410128)

Mormons have had this belief since the church was organized... well before the belief in aliens was anything more than a few people even considered possible.

Re:C.S. Lewis came to this conclusion years ago. (1, Informative)

zulater (635326) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410186)

Some Protestants may believe this way but there are others that do not.
Let's think about this a little.
If there are other created beings in outer space then they must have another way to salvation since they would not be descendants of Adam. Since we are of one blood (Acts 17:26) and Christ was of that one blood when He came to Earth His blood was shed for the descendants of Adam because it's not just blood that covered sins (Hebrews 10:4,11) but Christ's blood (Hebrews 10:10).
So I take exception because aliens could not be saved by Jesus' blood which is the only way (John 4:16).

But of course... (4, Insightful)

Blinded By The Light (1248724) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409764)

But of course only WE were created in His image, right?

Re:But of course... (4, Funny)

Fx.Dr (915071) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409834)

Yes, but he was looking in a funhouse mirror at the time. Go fig'.

Re:But of course... (3, Funny)

brunokummel (664267) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410122)

But of course only WE were created in His image, right?

maybe there's an Alien god that created the aliens in his image as well ...then we would have religous interplanetary crusades!
SPACE TEMPLARS!

I know it does sound like a horrible B movie...

Hmmm (5, Funny)

Bazman (4849) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409772)

And is the Catholic church going to fund expeditions to these alien civilisations in order to convert them? Kinda sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Re:Hmmm (5, Funny)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409848)

Whoa, do you suppose that could be the solution to the NASA budget crunch?

Re:Hmmm (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409872)

Hey, that's a big part of how we managed to explore this planet. That and the gold. The gold doesn't seem to be a big enough kick in the pants these days, so maybe a little soul saving will put us over the top.

Re:Hmmm (1)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410168)

Naw, this time it will have to do with the oil. And God.

The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell (1)

j1m+5n0w (749199) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410010)

It does sound familiar, but probably for a different reason than you're thinking. There was a (rather depressing) book about that scenario that I read recently called The Sparrow [amazon.com] . (See also wikipedia link [wikipedia.org] .)

Re:The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410180)

"Rather depressing?" Hell, I didn't know whether to weep or say "I told you so" at the ending.

Catholics (5, Interesting)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409778)

Apologizing to Galileo, Hell is a metaphor, evolution is real, now aliens could exist. The Vatican is really taking their modernization seriously, aren't they?

Re:Catholics (2, Insightful)

popmaker (570147) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409908)

And, of course, their public relations. Considering all the recent sex-scandals and the Pope's alleged Hitler Youth past, as well as some other stuff. They have to maintain an image, you know.

Re:Catholics (5, Informative)

gnick (1211984) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410172)

Considering ... the Pope's alleged Hitler Youth past...
What's alleged about it? Germany made participation mandatory and the Pope complied. Does anyone in the church deny that?

Re:Catholics and condoms (5, Funny)

trolltalk.com (1108067) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409940)

Apologizing to Galileo, Hell is a metaphor, evolution is real, now aliens could exist. The Vatican is really taking their modernization seriously, aren't they?

Next week they'll be approving a new brand of condoms. They're open at both ends ...

Galileo? How about Bruno (5, Interesting)

number6x (626555) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410030)

Bruno suggested that there could be an infinite number of worlds and that they could be inhabited by intelligent life [rice.edu] .

For this they burned him at the stake.

Galileo was only 'shown the instruments' of torture and placed under house arrest.

Bruno is the guy they need to apologize to!

Re:Catholics (1)

cerelib (903469) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410060)

It may be slow as molasses, but it does tend to work out. At this rate, in about 200 years we might have female priests.

Re:Catholics (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410068)

Apologizing to Galileo, Hell is a metaphor, evolution is real, now aliens could exist. The Vatican is really taking their modernization seriously, aren't they?
The Vatican said that to suggest there are no extraterrestrial beings would be putting limits on God's creative freedom.

I don't know how you get from "God could have created anything" to "Alien life plausible".
Plausible literally means "worthy of belief" and that isn't at all what they're saying.

Alien life was thought of long ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410174)

Catholics debated alien life and the concept of Christ visiting each alien civilization, long ago. Would they suffer from original sin? Would they need Christ? etc.

They Catholics had this debate in the 15th centuries.
The issue was, if there is alien life, how did God treat them?
There is nothing precluding alien life in Christian doctrine.

Just because alien life has come into vogue with modern SciFi, doesn't mean the church didn't address this, get bored with, and move on long ago.

Re:Catholics (3, Insightful)

Logic and Reason (952833) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410224)

Hell is a metaphor
Excuse me? Hell is definitely not a metaphor in Catholic theology. I'd like to know where you got this idea.

How long until (5, Funny)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409780)

UFO true believers stop pestering the UK government [slashdot.org] and start demanding to see the Vatican's top secret UFO files?

Re:How long until (1)

popmaker (570147) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410044)

Who us with me in creating the rumor that the Vatican is "hiding something"? You know, it's kind of closed off, don't you think? Alien life? They could be harboring those suckers right beneath the Sistine chapel for all I know.

earth ain't what it used to be (4, Funny)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409786)

So is the pope God's representative on Earth, or God's representative for everywhere outside of heaven ?

Re:earth ain't what it used to be (3, Interesting)

Ghostworks (991012) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409984)

First, I would point out that this is not really news. The Vatican has actually had a plan for approaching and converting alien life just in case it should be discovered for decades. (In fact, the plan was one of the programs that Madalyn Murray O'Hair frequently liked to joke about.)

This particular comment (the parent) is actually one of the few good comments I've seen so far. Since medieval times theologians have wondered, "did the Son of Man come to save everyone, or just humans?" There were a surprising number of medieval philosophers who were concerned with question -- should a race of sentient cyclopean starfish be discovered -- of whether human Jesus was sent to save their souls, or whether they would have to wait for cyclopean starfish Jesus.

In any case, this isn't a deviation from established Vatican protocol, and isn't news. Not for Catholics, and not even for people who just care about alien stories.

Re:earth ain't what it used to be (1)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409990)

He's elected by an earthly set of Cardinals, so I guess he's got jurisdiction here only on the 3rd rock. I suppose alien Catholics on other planets will simply have to elect their own Popes.

Re:earth ain't what it used to be (1)

genner (694963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410064)

That's silly.
Everyone knows aliens are protestants.

Re:earth ain't what it used to be (1)

RealErmine (621439) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409998)

So is the pope God's representative on Earth, or God's representative for everywhere outside of heaven ?
Well, there's the Pope and then there's the Space Pope (Crocodylus pontifex).

Re:earth ain't what it used to be (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410088)

So is the pope God's representative on Earth, or God's representative for everywhere outside of heaven ?

Well the Andromedan Catholic Church representatives approved Ratzo's Pope-ification (or whatever the word is) and I think Bishops from Sagittarius were there too, so I think he's at least God's representative in our Local Group.

Myriads of Life forms! (1)

zenlessyank (748553) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409798)

Yes, There are aliens out there, they are called angels and demons. Other than that you are out of luck. Besides, we can't take care of the life we have here on Earth. So why are we spending billions on space ventures looking for something that aint there instead of helping out who IS here?!?!

Re:Myriads of Life forms! (1)

Clockwork Apple (64497) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409972)

Because the other Shaltinack's jupilberry shrub is always a more mauvey shade of pinky russette?

Three cheers for the Catholics! (2, Insightful)

Mab_Mass (903149) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409806)

You know, after a long history of not-so-good behavior in the face of science (eg, Galileo), it is good to see that the Catholic Church is recognizing that much of current scientific thinking is consistent with scientific ideas.

In fact, Catholic high schools even teach evolution, recognizing that you can still choose to believe in God as the creator alongside a belief in evolution as the mechanism of creation.

I see the acknowledgment of the possibility of alien life along this same vein. I wonder, though, how the creation of freaky-ass-bug-eyed aliens would fit into the "God created man is his own image" idea. Perhaps that God is so wacky and cool he can take on any shape?

Re:Three cheers for the Catholics! (1)

Spatial (1235392) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409930)

I wonder, though, how the creation of freaky-ass-bug-eyed aliens would fit into the "God created man is his own image" idea.
What usually seems to happen is, things that are obviously wrong or unpleasant slowly disappear from the belief system entirely, and are thought of as symbolic or metaphorical if at all.

Re:Three cheers for the Catholics! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410022)

The essence of God is creative mind. So there may be a few humans created in that image...

Re:Three cheers for the Catholics! (4, Interesting)

prestonmichaelh (773400) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410116)

I wonder, though, how the creation of freaky-ass-bug-eyed aliens would fit into the "God created man is his own image" idea. Perhaps that God is so wacky and cool he can take on any shape?


Really, I have always thought the "in His own image" thing was taken way to literally. I don't really think God would give Himself a physical body like ours that is inferior to many animals in many ways (we are slower than cheetahs, can't see as well as eagles, can't swim like fish, etc.) Honestly if you get down to it, there are a lot of things that suck somewhat about our bodies (a quasi-flawed design that causes a large percentage to experience lower back pain, etc.). Obviously there are some who would say that God has a "perfect" human body that, since it isn't marred by sin, doesn't have the same flaws, but I honestly think the idea of God having a physical body is kind of silly. I mean, I can't even be in two places at once with my physical body, much less everywhere at once.

So it comes down to, what does "in His own image" mean? We like much of the creation story in Gensis, I think it is meant to be taken figuratively, not literally. We are set apart from the animals in that we have a conscience and free will. In this way, we are like God. We can basically do whatever we want, and reason about what we want to do. Although I am not a Catholic, I agree with their stance that it is completely possible for alien life to exist (although I think intelligent life, at least that we can/will find anytime soon, is unlikely for other scientific reasons). This alien life could even be "in His own image" as well, since it isn't really a physical appearance thing, and more of a soul/conscience thing.

lol (1)

extirpater (132500) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409810)

pop drinks too much nowadays. aliens space etc.

What about non-human intelligent earthlings? (4, Interesting)

Fast Thick Pants (1081517) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409824)

just as there are multiple forms of life on earth, so there could exist intelligent beings in outer space created by God
This seems to leave open the possibility of undiscovered intelligent species here on earth, or even known species whose intelligence is undiscovered.

(So long, and thanks for all the fish!)

So if there ARE other beings out there... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409850)

and they are created by the same God, perhaps THEY were made in the image of God, and WE really aren't special at all.

Time to start praying to Cthulhu.

Although I don't believe in god (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409852)

I don't believe in god, however, I am happy that the first few posts were not there to mock the AC's POV. Hopefully the next few posts follow the trend. Jokes are fine, but the vitriol that comes from some of you in the direction of people who believe in (imaginary, imho) beings can be scary.

Church foward thinking (4, Insightful)

spineboy (22918) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409868)

I'm glad that the Catholic Church is taking an educated view of the sciences, with the support of evolution, and now this. Of course this will also lead to many useless comments about pedophilia, non-existance of God, and other useless flame wars.

Scientific illiteracy here in the states is really bad, and I'm embaressed that my church has a more progressive attitude than our current administration. This should change with the next admin thankfully.

This is Slashdot, and everyone needs to get their 2 cents in, but please try to submit meaningful/useful posts.

Re:Church foward thinking (5, Insightful)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410038)

I don't like to see childish attacks on anyone either. But it seems to me that the only reason the church is taking these strides is because it has been attacked on these issues in the past.

Do you imagine that the church would have made these statements without external pressure ?

Hell no, this is simply to inoculate the church against the inevitable progress in tolerance, and discovery and to try and carve out some future relevance.

Seems like the rock of the church is being eroded by the water of enlightenment - and about time too.

Re:Church foward thinking (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410120)

So you expect illiteracy to come from your church?

Really, everyone should understand science, and learn to understand facts.

For example:
Evolution is real. It has made predictions and has falsifiable tests.
This has nothing to do with creation.

whether or not You or your church understand this is not my point.

Re:Church foward thinking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410126)

I'm glad that the Catholic Church is taking an educated view of the sciences, with the support of evolution, and now this.

It's all well and good to claim you believe in all this modern stuff but then you sweep all the inconsistencies under the rug.

Sure, aliens might exist - but wouldn't God also be an alien? Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

The aliens (1)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409884)

The aliens, I wonder.... What do they look like? [popealien.com]

doubtful (5, Interesting)

trybywrench (584843) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409888)

So does that mean that any intelligent alien life is doomed to hell because they don't have the benefit of baptism and the forgiveness of original sin? Did they get a messiah from the catholic god and does that imply more than one "jesus"?

Or, being that they are not human and never ate from the garden of eaden does that mean that original sin doesn't apply to them? Better yet, does that make them more holy then humans and therefore closer to the catholic god?

I don't see how the catholic clergy can just say "yeah alien life doesn't contradict our religeon" without addressing these questiosn.

Re:doubtful (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410084)

So I guess theyre going to say that:

1. Every so often an alien teacher becomes self-enlightened somehow on one of the many planets (or world systems) of our universe.

2. This teacher spreads a religious message on how to end suffering.

Huh, sounds like ol' Benedict is converting to Buddhism.

Re:doubtful (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410110)

Did they get a messiah from the catholic god and does that imply more than one "jesus"?


Well, Jesus was on Earth for 30-40 years. That leaves at least 5,960 years to save the alien's souls.

Re:doubtful (5, Insightful)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410138)

I don't see how the catholic clergy can just say "yeah alien life doesn't contradict our religeon" without addressing these questiosn.
Of course they can. The answer will just be "I don't know" and/or "God works in mysterious ways", same as their answer to numerous other major theological questions.

Re:doubtful (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410176)

Perhaps the Garden of eden isn't on the earth?

That myth get interesting when you read it with the context that they aren't on this earth.

Since they are talking about there God, they could easily say the Jesus was there or that they are currently worshiping as catholics!

Right now some alien could be absorbing communion sludge believing it is the glop of Christ~

Not a new problem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410222)

Those are the questions I've always wondered about with respect to christianity and the "new world".

What about the native people of the americas, far east, etc.? Did they have a Christ also and forgot about him? Are they less then human, so weren't worthy of salvation? Or just damned to hell because they were born in the wrong part of the world before the europeans got around to converting them?

I'm sure there is a doctrinal answer to these questions - can anybody point me in the right direction?

anything provable or disprovable? (1)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409892)

no? then don't worry about it.

Of course he does! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409912)

The Emperor has foresee it.

Oh noez! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409916)

This is Slashdot... let the Christian bashing begin.

of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23409936)

Of course there are intelligent beings in space. They're on the International Space Station. Having more fun than you.

P.S. Atheist zombies, before making silly evolution-related comments: if you ever knew anything about scientific method, then you'll recall that evolution is only a "mere theory". Fundie zombies: that doesn't make it any less useful or detract from the possibility of it being true. There. I think this thread is officially DONE.

When science-fiction and Christianity collide (2, Interesting)

Kligat (1244968) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409948)

If an alien world were encountered with a Bliznorp claiming to receive instruction from Q'thalis Almighty, would the Pope claim to be God's infallible messenger on Earth, or for everywhere outside heaven? For his followers, then, wouldn't the Pope need to confirm the Bliznorp's authority on the homeworld of the sentient grey blobs of Shronos, lest a new "Space Catholicism" denomination be created believing in individual Popes for each inhabited world?

Re:When science-fiction and Christianity collide (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410146)

Heretic!!! The Bliznorp derives his authority from Lorcan the Thunderer, not from some back-alley, bargain-basement deity like Q'thalis.

Any disputes of authority between the Holy Bliznorp and the Pope will be settled through trial by combat! Survival of the fittest (or sneakiest, whatever works), the Holy Central Precept of Lorcan!

Better grovel now, gormless unbeliever! Or mighty Lorcan will curse your reproductive organs!

Impressive move by the Church (1)

TJ_Phazerhacki (520002) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409958)

I am increasingly impressed with what was originally a very controversial nomination by the catholic church. May the forward thinking continue!

Not too surprising... (1)

rdhatch (1253652) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409970)

The present Pope seems to be a lot more forward-thinking and progressive than previous popes. There was a very interesting read in Time magazine recently (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1727724,00.html) that showed not only his stance on America (the main topic of the article) but also his beliefs/forward thinking mentality.

But no evolution. (1)

yoyoq (1056216) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409980)

space people are fine as long as they didn't evolve.

and to think it was only in 1992 that the pope admitted the earth moved.

Bwahahaha!! (5, Funny)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 6 years ago | (#23409994)

Hello Earthlings, my name Zorbo, I'm from the planet sh388wg32 in what you call the Andromeda galaxy and I think the time has come to reveal ourselves to you. The reason I am contacting you now is that we have some Good News for you creatures, the all powerful creator of everything (Zippin52, praise be His name) has a plan for you and everyone you know!!! Can I take a little of your time to explain why we're all imperfect and need saving in His forgiveness??!

Yes Catholic church, that is precisely how idiotic you sound right now.

Good news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410000)

This is good news for the Gelgamek Catholics.

astronomer my asshole. (0, Troll)

nawcom (941663) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410014)

Jesus Christ on a cross.

Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the astronomer, Father Gabriel Funes, said intelligent beings created by God could exist in outer space.
Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the astrologer, Father Gabriel Funes, said intelligent beings created by God could exist in outer space.

There, fixed.

Re:astronomer my asshole. (4, Informative)

bn0p (656911) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410166)

Why can't a Catholic priest be an astronomer? A Catholic priest, Father Georges Lemaitre, came up with the Big Bang theory [catholiceducation.org]

And who.. (3, Insightful)

denoir (960304) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410024)

..created God?

It's the same old problem of infinite regress when you try to state that a complex thing has to have a more complex designer. An über-powerful deity has to be much more complex than a human (or alien) and you end up with a bigger problem than the one you started with and you have explained exactly zero. And that's without even mentioning that there is no evidence of any form of supernatural creation of living beings (or anything else for that matter).

Re:And who.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410212)

I don't know - that whole big bang/dark matter thing is sounding suspiciously religious. When will the next "Science" up-end science like a religion?

Calvin and Hobbes already Proved it! (2, Funny)

science_gone_bad (730182) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410050)

I have a panel from a Calvin and Hobbes strip that says it best:

Calvin says "The best proof for the existance of alien life is the fact that none of it has ever tried to contact us!"

Just change the rules (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410070)

That is one problem with religion, its absolute, unless reality slaps it in the face and it 'adapts' to adjust.

Though I'm Not Catholic (1, Interesting)

oskard (715652) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410094)

I find it offensive that some people are still implying that God is /unable/ to create extraterrestrial life.

In related news... (5, Funny)

A beautiful mind (821714) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410102)

...the Flat Earth society has just announced that there might be alien life "after and slightly beneath the fringes".

In my 'hood (2, Funny)

dedazo (737510) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410192)

We call this hedging your bets.

Whatever... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23410216)

God. Yeah, right!

We, the House of Gelgamek Cardinals ... (4, Funny)

MasterRat (1223392) | more than 6 years ago | (#23410226)

Are thrilled to see that our Earther brethren have finally publically acknowledged our existence. Please prepare your altar boys for our arrival.
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