The chief astronomer of the Vatican, Jesuit Jose Funes, Director of the Vatican Observatory, said in an interview that the vastness of the universe leaves open the possibility of life on other planets, particularly intelligent life.
“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’ and ‘sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”
He reveals a few lines down in the article why it is necessary for “The Church” to have an open mind regarding alien life: We don’t want to have another one of those embarrassing Galileo incidents if city sized space ships come into Earth’s orbit. We don’t want folks to think the Bible contradicts science.
Of course, I am not so sure we would want to consider the aliens our “brothers” and “sisters” if they come here only to enslave humanity so as to toil in their Dosortian mines.
Well, at least no one can say “The Church” was opposed to science.