Screw intelligent life, a large part of the scientific community would wet itself to get news of ANY life.
Im not too clear on how the Church, or any literal creationist, is ok with the concept of ET life. Not to say that i dont believe it, but i dont see the reasoning.
It would be a huge major project to get a small robotic probe that far and we still have some rather serious problems to deal with closer to home that could use all the technological and other resources we can muster.
Debatable : )