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If you had a choice, who would you believe? The God of the Bible who created the universe or the pope's astronomer, who says that intelligent design and creationism is a crackpot view promoted by people who believe the Bible literally.

Further, the pope's private astronomer says that if an "alien" showed up on planet earth in a UFO someday in the future, he would have no problem baptizing a being that looked like an octopus.

Now, the pope is supposed to be the top guy in the Roman Catholic Church. Surely the pope can find a better advisor who can come up with biblical answers, rather than the astronomer he now uses as his advisor.

September 17 - Pope's astronomer says he would baptize an alien if it asked him
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days  
Aliens might have souls and could choose to be baptized if humans ever met them, a Vatican scientist said today. The official also dismissed intelligent design as "bad theology" that had been "hijacked" by American creationist fundamentalists.

Guy Consolmagno, who is one of the pope's astronomers, said he would be "delighted" if intelligent life was found among the stars. "But the odds of us finding it, of it being intelligent and us being able to communicate with it - when you add them up it's probably not a practical question."

Speaking ahead of a talk at the British Science Festival in Birmingham tomorrow, he said that the traditional definition of a soul was to have intelligence, free will, freedom to love and freedom to make decisions. "Any entity - no matter how many tentacles it has - has a soul." Would he baptize an alien? "Only if they asked."

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences,, of which Stephen Hawking is a member, keeps the senior cardinals and the pope up-to-date with the latest scientific developments. Responding to Hawking's recent comments that the laws of physics removed the need for God, Consolmagno said: "Steven Hawking is a brilliant physicist and when it comes to theology I can say he's a brilliant physicist."

Consolmagno curates the pope's meteorite collection and is a trained astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican's observatory. He dismissed the ideas of intelligent design - a pseudoscientific version of creationism. "The word has been hijacked by a narrow group of creationist fundamentalists in America to mean something it didn't originally mean at all. It's another form of the God of the gaps. It's bad theology in that it turns God once again into the pagan god of thunder and lightning."

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