An article recently ran in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano entitled The Extraterrestrial is My Brother. In the article, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory discussed the possibility of life beyond earth and concluded that such a belief held no innate contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic Church. In fact, he said that we must accept the possibility of alien life or else we were “putting limits” on God’s creative freedom. The church is still trying to live down its bad PR from the persecution and denial of Galileo four hundred year ago, a mistake that the last pope officially apologized for. The Vatican remains near the forefront in Christian acceptance of scientific inquiry and findings. The Vatican actually maintains a highly trained and professional team of scientists investigating different aspects of epistemological research and, unlike many protestant sects, finds no particular contradiction between theories of evolution and the big bang and Christian teachings.

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