The Vatican: "Likely, there's aliens, also we're gonna celebrate Darwin"

Okay what?

That was my reaction this morning in hearing this on the radio at 4:50am this morning on the way back from dropping my parents off at the airport. The vatican just came out with another bone-headed move, but it's okay because for the most part us Christians are not looked highly upon.

The BBC article begins by saying:
"The Pope's chief astronomer says that life on Mars cannot be ruled out."

Which is almost awesome in itself. Why do they issue statements like this? What is the point?

But then the article goes on to conclude:
"To strengthen its scientific credentials, the Vatican is organising a conference next year to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the author of the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin."

Wow, we're not just talking of aliens, we're celebrating Darwin. Way to go Vatican, way to go.