As in, the New York Times thinks that there are only six Jesuits spying internally for their Jesuit pope.
How utterly droll.
Not to mention provincial, but then the NYT has always been less sophisticated than it thinks that it is. Continue reading *Six* secret Jesuit spies for the Pope.
…they need to have their writers do a little more research. Case in point:
But America is far from the only nation worried about meeting ET. Even the Vatican is devoting serious thought to an idea formerly relegated to trailer parks and hill-folk. Father Jose Funes, speaking for the Vatican after its official conference on astrobiology (wait, what?), stated that the church has concluded that the existence of life on other planets would not invalidate anything in the Bible. And Guy Consolmagno, one of the pope’s astronomers (wait, double what?) said that he would be delighted to baptize any extra terrestrial life that comes his way, but “only if they asked.”
The Roman Catholic Church has been interested in astronomy as a scientific discipline for over four hundred years, which makes sense when you consider the Gregorian calendar reform. They’ve had official observatories since the 18th century: the current Vatican Observatory is based out of Tucson, Arizona. The Jesuits alone have been significant contributors to astronomy (and other sciences) for that entire period. I understand that relying on the historical narrative of the Galileo affair (which is not inaccurate so much as it is highly simplified) can obscure things, and that Cracked.com is a humor site, but… still. Google, madam. Google.