Friday, May 16, 2008
CHICAGO TRIBUNE ON THE ET ANNOUNCEMENT
The article over there offers two points I found worth noting:
1. What made this week's statement significant, several experts say, is that the comments by Rev. Jose Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, were printed in the Vatican's own newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano. That gave his words a certain papal heft.
2. Funes said that to not believe life exists beyond our planet would be to "set limits on the creative liberty of God."
As Rev. Thomas O'Meara, a visiting theology professor at Boston College, puts it: "If you have a mature view of God, God can do what God wants."
Re the first, it's nice to see it in print, proving that I'm not out in left field on this one.
Re the second, a technicality...To not believe that God COULD create life on other planets is to limit God. To say that He DID create life on other planets is to present speculation as fact.