The Vatican has now given the all-clear for Catholics to believe in life beyond our planet. The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, Jesuit Director of the Vatican Observatory stated in an interview that our universe is too big to rule out "additional forms of life even, intelligent ones."
In an interview called "The Extraterrestrial Is My Brother" published in the Vatican newspaper (L'Osservatore Romano) Funes explained that ruling out the existence of aliens would be like "putting limits" on God's creative freedom. He also assured doubters that it doesn't contradict with their faith as Aliens could be among God's creatures.
So do Aliens have to be Christians as well? What if the aliens are Jewish? Or believers in Eckankar? Is there an Alien heaven? I just hope this means that all Sunday schools have to add little alien children to the "hands across the world" murals. It's only a matter of time before the CBC starts airing commercials for galactic cruisers for missionaries in space, just like South Parks "Starvin' Marvin in Space." Maybe Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow, about Jesuits making first contact with extraterrestrial intelligences, was more prophetic than anyone realized? [AP]