...that many religions are finally opening up to extraterrestrials?
Here are statements by 5 Catholic Priests about 'off-world life' --- ETs.
Jesuit Priest Jose Funes is the current director of the Vatican Observatory. He has a doctorate in astronomy. Asked if he sees a contradiction between the Catholic faith and believing in aliens, he said:
● "I think there isn't (a contradiction). Just as there is a multiplicity of creatures over the earth, so there could be other beings, even intelligent (beings), created by God. This is not in contradiction with our faith, because we cannot establish limits to God's creative freedom.”
● “God was made man in Jesus to save us. If other intelligent beings exist, it is not said that they would have need of redemption. They could remain in full friendship with their Creator.
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno has worked at NASA and taught at Harvard and MIT. He splits his time now between the Vatican Observatory in Italy and the Mt. Graham International Observatory near Tucson, Arizona.
● “Perhaps it’s not so far-fetched to see the Second Person of the Trinity, the Word, Who was present in the beginning, coming to lay down His life and take it up again not only as the Son of Man but also as a Child of other races.”
● “So the question of whether or not one should evangelize is really a moot point. Any alien we find will learn and change from contact with us, just as we will learn and change from contact with them. It’s inevitable. And they’ll be evangelizing us, too.”
Monsignor Corrado Balducci, who died in 2008, was a Roman Catholic theologian and long-time exorcist for Archdiocese of Rome. What a wonderful man he was. I was fortunate to have met him)
● “As God's power is limitless, it is not only possible but also likely that inhabited planets exist.”
● “The inhabitability of other planets is not only possible and probable, but also desirable. In the future, even in a far-distant-one, their possible inhabitants, if they are indeed superior to us, can help and support us in our spiritual development. In this way, which we cannot prove, they might have helped and protected us already in the past.”
Jesuit Priest Christopher Corbally has his doctorate in astronomy and is the former vice director for the Vatican Observatory.
● “While Christ is the First and the Last Word spoken to humanity, he is not necessarily the only word spoke to the universe. . . . For, the Word spoken to us does not seem to exclude an equivalent ‘Word’ spoken to aliens. They, too, could have had their ‘Logos-event.’ Whatever that event might have been, it does not have to be a repeated death-and-resurrection if we allow God more imagination than some religious thinkers seem to have had. For God, as omnipotent, is not restricted to one form of language, the human.”
Padre Pio was a Capuchin Catholic priest who may be the most recognized person bearing stigmata in the palms of his hands. He died in 1968 and was canonized (declared a saint) by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
● “The Lord certainly did not limit his glory to this small Earth. On other planets other beings exist who did not sin and fall as we did.”
● “Do you think they (aliens) don’t exist and that God’s omnipotence is limited to this small planet Earth? What else? Do you think there are no other beings who love the Lord?”
Just food for thought