The following is Mr. Cox's article:
So The Associated Press thinks it?s news that the Vatican?s official astronomer says it?s OK to believe in alien beings. Well, that?s a start. Maybe one day they?ll work up the nerve to cover the official who says UFOs not only exist, but are extraterrestrial and in need of investigation.
For now, the AP is content to stick with the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, whose 'The Alien Is My Brother' article appeared this week in the papacy's in-house newsletter. Funes, who runs the Vatican Observatory, said belief in ETs doesn't contradict church doctrine. But he cautioned that such belief has no basis in fact.
'It is possible' Funes wrote, 'even if until now, we have no proof. But certainly in such a big universe this hypothesis cannot be excluded.'
Guess it's still irresponsible and zany for the AP to consider giving a little ink to Monsignor Corrado Balducci, who has evidently been all over Italian television this year (http://www.ufodigest.com/balducci.html) urging a closer look at UFOs. Balducci's pronouncements make Funes look like a wallflower.
'Extraterrestrials are not demonic,' he said in 2000; 'they are not due to psychological impairment, they are not a case of entity attachment, but these encounters deserve to be studied carefully. ... By now, at this point, there are several considerations made with certainty that these beings do exist. It cannot be doubted. It can also be said ... that this phenomena does exist.'