In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on alien life before it's discovered and confirmed so their followers won't start asking too many questions?

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Comment by unholyroller on January 22, 2009 at 12:41am
One wonders if the vatican has any idea of the defination of the word "hubris"?????
Comment by Lone Wolf on January 21, 2009 at 10:43pm
Well, the only people that will have problems with alien life would be biblical (or quronic) literalists. Unless the aliens are inelegant. Alien microbes could be easily explained away by non-biblical literalists but inelegant aliens. Inelegant aliens would not share any religion that exists on earth, thats if they have religion. That would be imposable for Christens (Muslims and some other religions) to explain.

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