Doctrinal flexebility has never come easily to the Catholic Church. Slow to sign on to the theory of heliocentrism
and repeatedly suffering the embarrassment of finding themselves on the losing side of scientific debate, the Church has sought to learn from its mistakes, albeit…slowly.
Vatican chief astronomer Father José Gabriel Funes sounded the apologist in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, the newsletter of the Vatican Observatory given last may. The interviewer asked the father whether the the possibility of extraterrestrial life could present a “…problem for our faith”, to which Funes responded,
“As a multiplicity of creatures exist on earth, so there could be other beings, also intelligent, created by God. This does not contrast with our faith because we cannot put limits on the creative freedom of God.”
When asked how theologians should handle the conflict between science and faith, Father Funes responded,
“The Church should not fear science and its discoveries.”
but by the same token,
“…scientists should learn to correctly read the bible.”
which, according to the father is:
“…a love letter that God wrote to his people, in a language that dates back two or three thousand years.”
An amourous paean filled with famine, pestilence and genocide.