“A new instrument with an evil-sounding name is helping scientists see how stars are born. L.U.C.I.F.E.R., which stands for ‘Large Binocular Telescope Near-infrared Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research,’ is a chilled instrument attached to a telescope in Arizona. And yes, it’s named for the Devil, whose name itself means ‘morning star’ [and which] happens to be right next to the Vatican Observatory on Mt. Graham in Tucson.” —Rebecca Boyle, Popular Science magazine
If you’ve been paying attention, you are probably aware that UFO sightings have increased worldwide, that some of them could pose a threat to National Security, and that the Pentagon is set to release a major report on the phenomenon June 1st.
Right on cue, the Pope’s Society of Catholic Scientists “has scheduled their 2021 SCS conference, and this year’s topic is literally out of this world. Titled ‘E.T., A.I., and Minds Beyond the Human,’ the conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. from June 4th thru 6th [and] half of the talks are going to be about extraterrestrial life by some big experts on that subject,” reports The Debrief.[i]
Is mankind being set up for a coming “Great Deception” or delusion in which the Vatican helps governments worldwide disclose “extraterrestrials” as already here or soon to be and who will correct our perception of religion and reality?
Rome—as illustrated in the article quoted above at The Debrief—is quietly preparing for just such a scenario and somehow, they pretend to know their “extraterrestrial brothers” will not challenge their spiritual authority.
But more on that later in this series.
Scientists working with the Vatican ultimately will be called upon to persuade multitudes to believe “aliens” are our benefactors when in fact they may be part of what the Bible speaks of when it refers to “lying signs and wonders” that are set to produce strong delusion for those who have rejected the truth of the Gospel, ultimately helping Antichrist gather an even greater following.
For me, this revelation started after the release of our 2012 best seller, Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here (FREE IN COLLECTION HERE), when we were inundated with invitations from around the world to be interviewed on radio, television, and in print media. These included segments in The History Channel’s Countdown to Apocalypse, which premiered November 9, 2012; a special feature on VisionTV, Canada’s largest Christian channel, titled, I Prophesy: The Apocalypse Series (complete with reenactments) that aired nationwide on Tuesday, November 20, 2012; invitations to Rome to discuss with Italian media our findings on René Thibaut, a Belgian Jesuit whose 60-year old meticulous analysis of the Prophecy of the Popes agreed with my own precognition of the resignation of Pope Benedict in 2012; a “best of” interview with George Noory on Coast to Coast AM, and dozens more.
But it was two shows in particular (which we did on The Omega Man Radio Program with popular author and radio man Steve Quayle) that prompted our interest in writing the follow-up book Exo-Vaticana (FREE IN COLLECTION HERE), and more importantly, our visit to Mt. Graham in southeastern Arizona to start our investigation into L.U.C.I.F.E.R. The first show we did with Steve rocketed Omega Man to the number-one Blog Talk Radio Show in the world for over a week. It focused on the ancient Prophecy of the Popes and the fact that the pontiff following Benedict XVI would presumably be the final one on this mysterious list of popes, a prophecy that was concealed inside the secret vaults of the Vatican for hundreds of years and that many believe points to the arrival of the False Prophet of end-times infamy.
In the second Omega Man show, which aired Wednesday, April 4, 2012, we broached the subject of a “Vatican ET” connection. That program sent Omega Man into the stratosphere for an unprecedented one-month position as the top Blog Talk Radio Show on the planet, illustrating to this author that the world is more than casually interested not only in the final pope, but in the connection between Rome and its work on extraterrestrial intelligence, astrobiology, and the intriguing connection between those issues and Petrus Romanus.
Thus, on a mild morning in September 2012, we (together with our cameraman Joe Ardis, a.k.a., the “Wild Man of the Ozarks”) departed the small desert town of Safford, Arizona (which normally has a warm, high-desert climate, that is much hotter than most places in eastern Arizona due to its relatively low elevation of 2,953 feet),[ii] en route to the Mt. Graham Observatory Base Camp, eighty miles from Tucson and a few miles south of Safford on State Route 366. Located near the northern limit of the Chiricahua Apache and Western Apache territories, Dził Nchaa Si An, as it is known in the Western Apache language, is one of the four holiest mountains in America for the Apache and is considered sacred to all of the region’s native peoples. (The San Carlos Apache Tribe had originally joined environmentalists who sought, among other things, to protect the Sacred Grounds and American Red Squirrel, in filing dozens of lawsuits before a federal appeals court to stop the construction of the observatories on Mt. Graham, but the project ultimately prevailed after an act by the United States Congress allowed it.)
We had been warned by our guide that the trek up the steep mountainside from 2,953 feet to over 10,700 feet was precarious, coupled with more hairpin turns, switchbacks, and narrow segments of roadway overlooking deep canyon walls than we might have imagined. To top it off, there would be no guardrails along the harrowing, winding path. We were scheduled to arrive at the Mt. Graham International Observatory a couple hours after departure. We would meet with astronomers and engineers at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)—currently one of the world’s most advanced optical telescopes—where, among other things, the new LUCIFER device is attached between its gigantic twin mirrors (either of which would be the largest optical telescope in continental North America). We were later told by the LBT systems engineer who spent significant time with us that day that another instrument—LUCIFER II—is scheduled to arrive at the observatory anytime and will complete the two multi-object and long-slit infrared spectrograph imagers needed for studying the heavens in search of, among other things, exoplanets that may host intelligent life. We would also visit the Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope that day, which sits between the LBT and the real target of our quest—the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope and the Jesuits who work there.
Before leaving base camp, Dramamine for motion sickness was suggested ahead of departure, and the two men in our research team who declined that offer would soon wish they hadn’t. Once we were underway, it was nonstop reeling back and forth, bouncing up and down, as the driver—who seemed a little too much to enjoy being in one gear faster than he should have been given the circumstances—occasionally looked at us in the rearview mirror and smiled. As we went from Sonoran Desert scrub at the mountain’s floor to alpine spruce-fir forest closer to the summit, our guide, who sat in the opposite front seat from the driver, occasionally pointed to something off to one side, describing how more life zones and vegetative varieties existed here than on any other North American mountain, including almost two dozen plants, animals, and insects that are not found anywhere else. Of course, this included the celebrity of Mt. Graham—the endangered red squirrel—which Arizona has already spent at least 1.25 million dollars protecting. But it was hard to appreciate these facts while some of us were growing queasy and wondering how far down the canyon wall we would roll if at any moment the driver were to lose control and barrel off the side. Thankfully, just when we were starting to think this excursion had been a bad idea, we stopped approximately two-thirds of the way up the mountain at the Columbine Ranger Station, a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service administrative complex that had been built circa 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public work-relief program that was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal that had provided unskilled manual labor jobs to relieve unemployment during the Great Depression.
We had packed a sack lunch and used the ranger station as a place to rest a while, eat, and let our bellies recover a bit from the roller coaster ride. While munching on a sandwich and looking at the aging black-and-white pictures that hung on the walls here and there of the Depression-era men who had built the modest encampment, we met a volunteer, an interesting old chap who told us how he had been coming there for many years to keep a fire in the fireplace and to greet hikers who wandered into the park. When we told him where we were going, he got quiet. When we added that our plan was to speak with the Jesuits at the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) in the restricted area further up the mountain, he lost interest in the conversation and started stirring his fire again.
Minutes later, lunches consumed and stomachs still uneasy, we were back in our vehicle. From that point forward, the road (if we can call it that) became little more than a glorified goat trail until finally, about a mile from our destination, we arrived at a security gate with “No Trespassing” warnings posted in several languages. The guide had a key to the gate. She unlocked it, then relocked it behind us after we drove through the opening. At that point, the driver pulled out a radio we had not noticed before and radioed somebody that we were heading up the incline. Evidently this was necessary, because from this point forward, the steep, gravel lane was barely wide enough for one vehicle at a time, and we didn’t want to risk running up against another vehicle that might be coming down from the observatories. No one answered the driver’s call, so he radioed again, then a third time, with still no response. The silence must have meant the road was clear, as just like that, he slipped the vehicle into low gear and we began our final thirty-minute crawl up the mountainside.
“And one more thing,” the guide warned as we jerked over the rocky track, tires spinning against the loose gravel and dirt. “When we get to the restricted area you’ll see brightly colored cables roping off most of the land around the buildings. Do not—I repeat—do not step over those lines, or you will be arrested immediately and hauled off to jail.” She wasn’t smiling, and when we got to the observatories, we saw the security lines and enforcement vehicles, just as she had described them.
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Searching for Lucifer Atop the Holy Mountain
It was approximately eleven in the morning (Pacific Standard Time) when we rounded the final bend and saw just ahead the towering edifices housing the LBT, an optical telescope for astronomy and currently one of the world’s most advanced systems. Near it was the Submillimeter Telescope (SMT) or, as it is also known, the Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope, a “state-of-the-art single-dish radio telescope for observations in the sub-millimeter wavelength range…the most accurate radio telescope ever built.”[iii] And last but not least, about a block away from them, we observed our primary reason for trudging to the top of this peak—the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT).
Of course, before making the trip, we had read the official story from the Vatican Observatory website describing how VATT truly lives up to its name:
Its heart is a 1.8-m f/1.0 honeycombed construction, borosilicate primary mirror. This was manufactured at the University of Arizona Mirror Laboratory, and it pioneered both the spin-casting techniques and the stressed-lap polishing techniques of that Laboratory which are being used for telescope mirrors up to 8.4-m in diameter. The primary mirror is so deeply-dished that the focus of the telescope is only as far above the mirror as the mirror is wide, thus allowing a structure that is about three times as compact as the previous generation of telescope designs.[iv]
Such technical language aside, the “observers” who are approved to operate VATT and what they are using it for these days are who would take us through the looking glass. This was confirmed minutes later by the Jesuit father on duty that day (whom we got on film), who told us that among the most important research occurring with the site’s Vatican astronomers is the search for extrasolar planets and advanced alien intelligence. He then proceeded (as did our guide) to show us all around the observatory, from the personal quarters of the Church’s astronomers—where they ate, slept, relaxed, studied—to the control rooms, computer screens and systems, and even the telescope itself. While we were given complete and unrestricted opportunity to question how the devices are used and what distinctively sets each of the telescopes on Mt. Graham apart, we had not expected the ease with which the astronomers and technicians would also speak of UFOs! This was especially true when we walked up the gravel road from VATT to the LBT, where we spent most of the day with a systems engineer who not only took us to all seven levels of that mighty machine—pointing out the LUCIFER device (which he lovingly referred to as “Lucy” several times and elsewhere as “Lucifer”) and what it is used for, as well as every other aspect of the telescope we tried to wrap our minds around. He also stunned us as we sat in the control room listening to him and the astronomers speak so casually of the redundancy with which UFOs are captured on screens darting through the heavens. Our friendly engineer didn’t blink an eye, neither did any of the other scientists in the room, and we were shocked at this, how ordinary it seemed to be.
But as much as the commonality of UFO sightings on Mt. Graham’s telescopes intrigued, this was not the primary reason for our being there. We had come with deeper questions concerning high-level Vatican astronomers and what they had been leaking to, and discussing with, the media in recent years—including captivating comments from Jesuit priests like Guy Consolmagno, a leading astronomer who often turns up as a spokesman for the Vatican. He has worked at NASA and taught at Harvard and MIT, and currently splits his time between the Vatican observatory and laboratory (Specola Vaticana) headquartered at the summer residence of the Pope in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, and Mt. Graham in Arizona. Over the last few years, Consolmagno has focused so much time and effort in an attempt to reconcile science and religion in public forums, specifically as it relates to the subject of extraterrestrial life and its potential impact on the future of faith, that we decided to contact him. He agreed to be interviewed via the Internet from Rome. However, it seemed once he knew who we were and what we wanted to examine, he kept his answers short, if not altogether evasive. On the upside, he was gracious enough to send me a copy of his private PDF file for a booklet that he authored entitled Intelligent Life in the Universe: Catholic Belief and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life, which had been pulled by the publisher shortly after it was authorized by Rome in 2005 and is no longer available anywhere except directly from me. It is a gold mine of what he and the Vatican are considering regarding the ramifications of astrobiology and specifically the discovery of advanced extraterrestrials (this is perhaps the reason it was pulled). In it, he admits how contemporary societies will “look to The Aliens to be the Saviours of humankind.”[v] To illustrate the theological soundness of this possibility, Consolmagno argues that humans are not the only intelligent beings God created in the universe, and these non-human life forms are described in the Bible. He starts by pointing to angels, then surprises us by actually referencing the Nephilim:
Other heavenly beings come up several times in the Psalms. For example, look at the beautiful passage in Psalm 89 that calls out, “Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord?… The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it—you have founded them.” Likewise, God asks Job (38:7) if any human can claim to have been around at the creation, “when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy.”
Are these “heavens,” “holy ones,” those “in the sky,” the “morning stars…and heavenly beings” more references to angels? Or do they refer to some other kind of life beyond our knowledge?
…And these are not the only non-human intelligent creatures mentioned in the Bible. There’s that odd, and mysterious, passage at the beginning of Genesis, Chapter 6, that describes the “sons of God” taking human wives. With it is a frustratingly oblique reference to “The Nephilim…the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.”
Most Biblical scholars suggest that the Nephelim [sic] and the Sons of God in Genesis can be explained away as a left-over reference to the creation stories of the pagans who surrounded ancient Israel, that they were written by the kind of people whose culture saw anyone Not Of My Tribe as being unspeakably alien. Likewise, the references to heavens and stars singing and praising the Lord can be seen simply for the beautiful poetry that it is.
But whether you interpret these creatures as angels or aliens doesn’t really matter for the sake of our argument here. The point is that the ancient writers of the Bible, like all ancient peoples, were perfectly happy with the possibility that other intelligent beings could exist.[vi]
Read that again, then ask yourself: Did the Vatican’s top astronomer actually mean to use the story of the Nephilim from the Bible as an example of the kind of “space saviors” man could soon look to for salvation? This incredible assertion is only topped by what he says next. In quoting John 10:16, which says, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd,” Consolmagno writes: “Perhaps it’s not so far-fetched to see the Second Person of the Trinity, the Word, Who was present ‘In the beginning’ (John 1:1), coming to lay down His life and take it up again (John 10:18) not only as the Son of Man but also as a Child of other races?”[vii] (emphasis added).
I could hardly believe the Vatican’s top astronomer wrote this and I ask Consolmagno if the scholars at Rome actually believe Jesus might have been the Star-Child of an alien race; whether he and/or other Jesuits secretly hold that the virgin birth was in reality an abduction scenario in which Mary was impregnated by ET, giving birth to the hybrid Jesus? He would not answer that inquiry, and in fact, after our Exo-Vaticana book came out he went on the Vatican’s websites and denied that he ever said such things. The problem for him is, we only quoted what he wrote in his own book that YOU CAN DOWNLOAD HERE AND READ FOR YOURSELF. You will find we did not misquote any of his own statements.
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All this would seem impossible theology if not for the fact that other high-ranking Vatican spokespersons—those who routinely study from the “Star Base” (as local Indians call it) on Mt. Graham—have been saying the same in recent years. This includes Dr. Christopher Corbally, vice director for the Vatican Observatory Research Group on Mt. Graham until 2012, who believes our image of God will have to change if evidence of alien life is confirmed by scientists (including the need to evolve from the concept of an “anthropocentric” God into a “broader entity”[viii]), and the former Vatican Observatory director, Father Josè Funes, who went equally far, suggesting that alien life not only exists in the universe and is “our brother,” but will, if discovered, confirm the “true” faith of Christianity and the dominion of Rome. When the L’Osservatore Romano newspaper (which only publishes what the Vatican approves) asked him what this meant, he replied: “How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere? Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’ and ‘sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation,”[ix] and believing in the existence of such is not contradictory to Catholic doctrine.[x]
Such statements are but the latest in a string of comments by numerous Vatican astronomers confirming a growing belief (or inside knowledge?) that discovery may be made in the near future of alien life, including intelligent life, and that this encounter will not challenge the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.
From the ’70s through the ’90s, it was Monsignor Corrado Balducci—an exorcist, theologian, member of the Vatican Curia (governing body at Rome), and friend of the Pope—who went perhaps furthest, appearing on Italian national television numerous times to state that ETs were not only possible, but were already interacting with Earth and that the Vatican’s leaders were aware of it. Furthermore, speaking as an official demonologist, he said that extraterrestrial encounters “are not demonic, they are not due to psychological impairment, and they are not a case of entity attachment, but these encounters deserve to be studied carefully.”[xi] He even disclosed how the Vatican itself has been closely following the phenomenon and quietly compiling material evidence from Vatican embassies (nunciatures) around the world on the extraterrestrials and their mission. For example, at a forum concerning the enormous UFO flap in Mexico, he stated, “I always wish to be the spokesman for these star peoples who also are part of God’s glory, and I will continue to bring it to the attention of the Holy Mother Church.”[xii]
Whatever you make of his claims, Balducci was a member of a special group of consultants to the Vatican, a public spokesperson for Rome on the matter of extraterrestrial life as well as UFO and abduction phenomenon, and his assertions have never been contradicted by the Catholic Church.
Perhaps most intriguing was Catholic theologian Father Malachi Martin who, before his death in 1999, hinted at something like imminent extraterrestrial contact more than once. While on Coast to Coast AM radio in 1997, Art Bell asked Malachi why the Vatican was heavily invested in the study of deep space at the Mt. Graham Observatory we visited. As a retired professor of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Malachi was uniquely qualified to hold secret information pertaining to VATT. His answer ignited a firestorm of interest among Christian and secular ufologists when he replied, “Because the mentality…amongst those who [are] at the…highest levels of Vatican administration and geopolitics, know…what’s going on in space, and what’s approaching us, could be of great import in the next five years, ten years” (emphasis added).[xiii]
Those cryptic words, “what’s approaching us, could be of great import,” were followed in subsequent interviews with discussion of a mysterious “sign in the sky” that Malachi believed was approaching from the north. While this could have been an oblique reference to an end-time portent, the Catholic prophecy of the Great Comet, people familiar with Malachi believe he may have been referring to a near-future arrival of alien intelligence. (Interesting note: When I asked Father Guy Consolmagno what he thought of Malachi’s claims, he actually seemed miffed by the man, saying, “I have heard stories about the late Malachi Martin which make me rather suspicious of statements that come from him. I was at the observatory in the 1990s, and he never visited us nor had anything to do with us.”[xiv] This reaction seems consistent with how many other Catholic priests despised Malachi’s willingness to disclose what Rome otherwise wanted buried, especially the satanic cabal within the Jesuit order Malachi wrote about in his best-selling books and connected to a future Jesuit Pope who would guide the Church into the arms of Antichrist. Pope Francis is the first such Jesuit to set on the throne of Peter in Rome.)
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[iii] Taken from the “Abstract”: Dumke, Michael, “Sub-Millimeter Science with the Heinrich-Hertz-Telescope,” Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, last accessed December 3, 2012, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2000yera.confE..64D.
[v] Guy Consolmagno, Intelligent Life in the Universe: Catholic Belief and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life (London: Catholic Truth Society, 2005), 5.
[vi] Ibid., 33–34.
[vii] Ibid., 37.
[viii] Roger Highfield and Tom Leonard, “American Association: Martian Life Will Change God’s Image, Says Vatican,” Watcher’s Website, February 17, 1997, http://www.mt.net/~watcher/ufovatican.html. (Article originally appeared on The Electronic Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk.)
[ix] “Vatican Astronomer Says it’s OK to Think Aliens Exist,” USA Today, May 14, 2008, http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-05-14-vatican-aliens_N.htm.
[x] Father José Gabriel Funes, S.J., “Believing in Aliens Not Opposed to Christianity, Vatican’s Top Astronomer Says,” Catholic News Agency, May 13, 2008, http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/believing_in_aliens_not_opposed_to_christianity_vaticans_top_astronomer_says/.
[xii] Paola Leopizzi Harris, “Monsignor Corrado Balducci Says Mexico Blessed with UFO Sightings,” MUFON [Mutual UFO Network] Journal, March 28, 2006, http://www.mufon.com (site requires membership; alternatively, see full article online on the following page: David Ben Yakov, “Catholicism and the UFO Reality,” DelusionResistance.org, last accessed December 4, 2012, http://www.delusionresistance.org/ufo/catholicism-ufos.html).
[xiii] “Comet and Father Malachi Martin” (ART BELL INTERVIEWS FATHER MALACHI MARTIN: Transcript of the April 5th, 1997 interview with late Father Malachi Martin by Art Bell), Godlike Productions, January 7, 2007, http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message326615/pg1.
[xiv] This quote came from a personal interview in an email correspondence between Thomas Horn and Guy Consolmagno on November 7, 2012.