VATICAN CITY – The Vatican hosted a five-day conference to discuss the possibility of alien life!
The Catholic Church invited astronomers, physicists and other scientific experts to Vatican City to discuss astrobiology – the study of the origin of life and its possible existence in the universe.
Reverend Jose Gabriel Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, said, “the questions of life’s origins and of whether life exists elsewhere in the universe are very suitable and deserve serious consideration”.
The discovery of alien life would have a significant impact on creationism and God’s nature.
Thirty scientists, Catholics and non-Catholics, came from across the world to attend the summit. Chris Impey, an astronomy professor from the University of Arizona, said he had not problem with the Vatican hosting it.
“Both science and religion posit life as a special outcome of a vast and mostly inhospitable universe,” Impey said. “There is a rich middle ground for dialogue between the practitioners of astrobiology and those who seek to understand the meaning of our existence in a biological universe.”
Reverend Fumes said alien life would not contradict the Catholic faith. “Just as there is a multitude of creatures on Earth, there could be other beings, even intelligent ones, created by God. This does not contradict our faith, because we cannot put limits on God’s creative freedom.”
The Vatican has considered the issue in the past, hosting a similar event in 2005.