With creationist godbotherers on the march it might be churlish to ridicule the Church of Rome for speculating about the existence of intelligent life in the universe. Alien life that could even be free from ‘original sin’, according to Gabriel Funes SJ, director of the Vatican Observatory. And then there’s the Catholic Church’s planned celebration of Charles Darwin.
As for the Church’s unimpressive record when it comes to defending science and free inquiry, Funes replies that mistakes were made, but it is time to turn the page and look to the future.
Catholics as brothers in reason. What would Jürgen Habermas have to say?