VATICAN CITY (Nov. 10) - E.T. phone Rome. Four hundred years after it locked up Galileo for challenging the view that the Earth was the center of the universe, the Vatican has called in experts to study the possibility of extraterrestrial alien life and its implication for the Catholic Church.
Funes said the possibility of alien life raises "many philosophical and theological implications" but added that the gathering was mainly focused on the scientific perspective and how different disciplines can be used to explore the issue.
The Church of Rome's views have shifted radically through the centuries since Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1600 for speculating, among other ideas, that other worlds could be inhabited.
In 1992, Pope John Paul II declared the ruling against the astronomer was an error resulting from "tragic mutual incomprehension."
Asked by Anonymous at 2:19 PM on Jan. 1, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by Kattykitten at 2:20 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
OP: Sorry ran out of room - What do you feel personally the implications of discovering intelligent alien life would be to your beliefs?
Answer by Anonymous at 2:21 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
Sorry - I hate that the link won't work in the OP!
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Answer by Shaneagle777 at 4:27 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
Yes and I agree with the Vatican. Basically they are saying this is Gods world and he created it the way he chose and we don't and can't understand all the possibilities. I personally have no idea if aliens are out in the universe somewhere, anything is possible andI don't give it much thought.
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