FUNES: It is possible. Until now we have had no proof. But certainly in a universe so big this hypothesis [Intelligent Extraterrestrials] cannot be excluded.
LOR: And this would not be a problem for our faith?
FUNES: I believe no. 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. To say it with Saint Francis, if we consider earthly creatures as “brother” and “sister,” why cannot we also speak of an “extraterrestrial brother?” It would therefore be a part of creation.
Actually a rather nice interview with Vatican astronomer José Gabriel Funes. Does ET need redemption, or might she exist in "full friendship" with the creator? Father Funes has a definite spark of poetry in him.