Pope Benedict XVI’s astronomer: The Catholic Church welcomes aliens
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 17, 2010
Always on the lookout for altar boys eh
the senior Vatican scientist, Brother Guy Consolmagno, said that he would be delighted if we encountered intelligent aliens and would be happy to baptise them.
His pronouncement opens up the possibility of space missionaries heading out to the stars to convert aliens to Christianity.
Speaking on the eve of addressing the British Science Festival, Dr Consolmangno said he had no problem with science and religion co-existing together.
But he dismissed Creationism and claimed that the revival of “intelligent design” – the controversial theory that only God can explain gaps in the theory of evolution – was “bad theology”.
He said he was “comfortable” with the idea of alien life and asked if he would baptise an alien, he replied “Only if they asked”.
“I’d be delighted if we found life elsewhere and delighted if we found intelligent life elsewhere,” he said.
“But the odds of us finding it, of it being intelligent and us being able to communicate with it – when you add them up it’s probably not a practical question.
“God is bigger than just humanity. God is also the god of angels.”