If ET life is something Vatican officials have privately considered for some time, why speak of it so openly in recent years, in what some perceive as a careful, doctrinal unveiling toward a mysterious goal? Is this a deliberate effort by church officials to “warm up” the laity to ET disclosure? Are official church publications on the subject an attempt to soften the blow before disclosure arrives, in order to help the faithful retain their orthodoxy in light of unprecedented forthcoming knowledge?
Writing for Newsweek in the article, “The Vatican and Little Green Men,” journalist Sharon Begley noted that “[this] might be part of a push to demonstrate the Vatican’s embrace of science… Interestingly, the Vatican has plans to host a conference in Rome next spring to mark the 150th anniversary of the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin’s seminal work on the theory of evolution. Conference organizers say it will look beyond entrenched ideological positions—including misconstrued Creationism. The Vatican says it wants to reconsider the problem of evolution ‘with a broader perspective’ and says an ‘appropriate consideration is needed more than ever before.’”[i]
The “appropriate consideration” Begley mentioned may have been something alluded to by Guy Consolmagno three years earlier in an interview with the Sunday Herald. That article pointed out how Consolmagno’s job included reconciling “the wildest reaches of science fiction with the flint-eyed dogma of the Holy See” and that his latest mental meander was about “the Jesus Seed,” described as “a brain-warping theory which speculates that, perhaps, every planet that harbours intelligent, self-aware life may also have had a Christ walk across its methane seas, just as Jesus did here on Earth in Galilee. The salvation of the Betelguesians may have happened simultaneously with the salvation of the Earthlings.”[ii]This sounds like a sanctified version of panspermia—the idea that life on Earth was “seeded” by something a long time ago, such as an asteroid impact—but in this case, “the seed” was divinely appointed and reconciled to Christ.
The curious connection between the Vatican’s spokespersons and the question of extraterrestrials and salvation was further hinted at in the May 2008 L’Osservatore Romano interview with Father Funes in an article titled “The Extraterrestrial Is My Brother.” In the English translation of the Italian feature, Funes responds to the question of whether extraterrestrials would need to be redeemed, which he believes should not be assumed. “God was made man in Jesus to save us,” he says. “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.”[iii]
By “full friendship,” Funes reflected how some Vatican theologians accept the possibility that an extraterrestrial species may exist that is morally superior to men—closer to God than we fallen humans are—and that, as a consequence, they may come here to evangelize us. Father Guy Consolmagno took up this same line of thinking when he wrote in his book, Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist:
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.[iv]
But hold on, as this disturbing rabbit hole goes much deeper: In a paper for the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science website, Father Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti—an Opus Dei theologian of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome—explains just how we could actually be evangelized during contact with “spiritual aliens,” as every believer in God would, he argues, greet an extraterrestrial civilization as an extraordinary experience and would be inclined to respect the alien and recognize the common origin of our different species as being from the same Creator. According to Giuseppe, this contact by nonterrestrial intelligence would then offer new possibilities “of better understanding the relationship between God and the whole of creation.”[v] Giuseppe states this would not immediately oblige the Christian “to renounce his own faith in God simply on the basis of the reception of new, unexpected information of a religious character from extraterrestrial civilizations,”[vi] but that such a renunciation could come soon after as the new “religious content” originating from outside the Earth is confirmed as reasonable and credible. “Once the trustworthiness of the information has been verified,” the believer would have to “reconcile such new information with the truth that he or she already knows and believes on the basis of the revelation of the One and Triune God, conducting a re-reading [of the Gospel] inclusive of the new data.”[vii] How this “more complete” ET gospel might deemphasize or significantly modify our understanding of salvation through Jesus Christ is discussed in the Exotheology section of this book, but former Vatican observatory vice director, Christopher Corbally, in his article, “What if There Were Other Inhabited Worlds?” may have summarized the most important aspect when he concluded that Jesus simply might not remain the only Word of salvation: “I would try to explore the alien by letting ‘it’ be what it is, without rushing for a classification category, not even presuming two genders,” Corbally said, before dropping this bombshell:
While Christ is the First and the Last Word (the Alpha and the Omega) 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.[viii]
That high-ranking spokespersons for the Vatican have in recent years increasingly offered such language acknowledging the likelihood of extraterrestrial intelligence and the dramatic role ET’s introduction to human civilization could play in regard to altering established creeds about anthropology, philosophy, religion, and redemption may become more future-consequential than most are prepared for.
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And then there is that LUCIFER device at Mt. Graham, which was previously described on the Vatican Observatory website as “NASA AND THE VATICAN’S INFRARED TELESCOPE CALLED [LUCIFER]—A German built, NASA and The Vatican owned and funded Infrared Telescope…for looking at NIBIRU/NEMESIS,”[ix] which was only removed after we notified the general public about it. Nibiru and Nemesis are hypothetical planets that supposedly return in orbit close to the Earth after very long periods of time. They have been connected in modern myth with “Planet X” and most darkly with the destruction of planets that some believe occurred during a great war between God and Lucifer when the powerful angel was cast out of heaven. Are Rome and other world powers using the LUCIFER device to observe something the rest of us cannot see—something they believe represents this ancient war (or worse, keeping an eye on approaching end-times angelic transportation devices/UFOs—something Father Malachi Martin hinted at)? The latter theory is interesting in light of the demonic name of the infrared device. Infrared telescopes can detect objects too cool or far away and faint to be observed in visible light, such as distant planets, some nebulae, and brown dwarf stars. Additionally, infrared radiation has longer wavelengths than visible light, which means it can pass through astronomical gas and dust without being scattered. Objects and areas obscured from view in the visible spectrum, including the center of the Milky Way, can thus be observed by LUCIFER’s infrared technology.[x] But what UFO researchers have fascinated about for some time now is how infrared technology can also be used to spot and track unidentified flying objects that cannot be seen with other telescopes or the naked eye. In fact, some of the most astonishing UFOs ever caught on film have been recorded with infrared.
Years before this type of technology was brought to Mt. Graham in the form of the LUCIFER device, we speculated in our book The Ahriman Gate how the governments of the world might secretly be using infrared and modified high-sensitivity telescopes to monitor a hidden UFO armada parked just beyond the planet Mars. On page 205, we fictionalized:
One hundred and twenty miles away, a senior technician on duty at the U.S. Air Force’s top-secret Satellite Control Facility was glancing over his Outdoorsman magazine when he unexpectedly caught sight of something unusual on his SCF monitor. Whatever it was, it looked ablaze. He dropped from his reclined position and rolled his chair toward the screen. “Somebody find the colonel,” he said a second later. “Tell him to get in here…quick.”
The sergeant tossed the magazine aside and readjusted the cameras to optimize mapping sensitivity. An early-warning satellite was reporting anomalous changes both inside and outside Earth’s atmosphere, unlike anything the senior tech had seen before.
He changed the RTC settings and raced outside to look at the sky.
Nothing unusual could be verified visually.
He returned to his station and stared at the monitor again. The huge flare was growing, indicating incredible temperature increases.
Why the instruments were reporting what his eyes could not substantiate was a mystery. As far as the computer was concerned, the sky was on fire, burning through and coming apart like a rip in the fabric of space.
“Dadgummit!” he said impatiently, “Where’s the watch commander!?”
Just then the colonel raced into the room. “What is it, Sergeant!?”
“We’ve got unknown acquisitions, sir…take a look at this.”
Quick-stepping to the remote tracking computer, the colonel leaned over the sergeant’s shoulder. The screen was detailing a rapidly expanding redness.
“Are you mapping this?” he questioned.
“Is it monochromatic? Oriental bird flashing?” he asked, insinuating that the Chinese might be pointing a laser at the satellite to confuse the Americans.
“It’s no laser, sir.”
The colonel stepped backwards, still watching the screen as he picked up the hot line to NORAD.
The commander-in-chief at the North American Aerospace Defense Command Center answered. “CINC-NORAD.”
“This is Cricket Control,” the Colonel said. “KH-20 is picking up massive energy readings. Do you have unscheduled thermals?”
“We have activity from terrestrial to celestial.”
“From the blue to the red planet.”
“Are you certain?”
“What is it? Heat?”
“We cannot substantiate the cause at this time, Colonel, but whatever it is…it’s growing exponentially. Cricket is to continue coordination of SGLS auto-tracking and range/range data to Mission Control.”
“Roger that,” the Colonel said, and hung up.
At the computer, the senior tech was mumbling under his breath, “M-maybe Hell opened its mouth to let us peek inside.”
He looked at the Colonel apprehensively. “Something Grandma told me…something from the Bible.”
“What’s your grandma’s Bible got to do with this, Sergeant?”
“She said in the last days Hell would open and a great furnace with bug-headed demons would crawl out of it…or something like that…”
“Hell! Bugs! Stop acting stupid, Sergeant, and readjust those satellite settings!”
Then, on page 218, we gave the first hint of what was coming:
Outside and above the Earth, the rip in the fabric of space continued to widen. It had grown during the night and now spanned an area sixty-six thousand miles wide and millions of miles long, the current distance from Earth to Mars.
Peering into the rift at 6:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time, NASA’s most powerful telescope had turned up nothing unusual. To make matters worse, NORAD’s infrared and ultraviolet detections were still undeciphered. Top-level specialists from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory had been called in, and had rushed to the military center to study the phenomenon.
Then at 7:35 AM, astronomers working at the Marshall Space Flight Center came up with something unusual. Using a modified high-sensitivity “hard” x-ray telescope, mysterious objects deep inside the rift had been located—hundreds of thousands of them—some bigger than football fields and others smaller than houses, moving toward Earth. The researchers couldn’t explain the curiosity, only that the armada of objects would breach the rift’s opening and enter Earth’s atmosphere in less than an hour.[xii]
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[i] Sharon Begley, “The Vatican and Little Green Men,” Newsweek, May 15, 2008, http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/lab-notes/2008/05/15/the-vatican-and-little-green-men.html.
[ii] Neil Mackay, “And On the Eighth Day—Did God Create Aliens?” Sunday Herald—Scotland, November 28, 2005, http://www.sundayherald.com/53020 (site discontinued; see alternatively, from Signs of the Times: http://www.sott.net/articles/show/106410-And-on-the-eighth-day-did-God-create-aliens-).
[iii] Father Josè Funes, “The Extraterrestrial is My Brother,” L’Osservatore Romano, May 14, 2008 (English translation of article viewable here: http://padrefunes.blogspot.com/).
[iv] As quoted by article: Brother Guy Consolmagno, “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: A Jesuit Priest Says the Discovery of Life Elsewhere in the Universe Would Pose No Problem for Religion,” Beliefnet, last accessed December 4, 2012, http://www.beliefnet.com/News/Science-Religion/2000/08/Would-You-Baptize-An-Extraterrestrial.aspx?p=2.
[v] Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti, “EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE,” Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science, last accessed December 4, 2012, http://www.disf.org/en/Voci/65.asp.
[viii] J. Antonio Huneeus, “The Vatican Extraterrestrial Question,” Open Minds Magazine, June/July 2010, Issue 2, 59.
[ix] See: http://www.vaticanobservatory.org/VO-NEWS/index.php/videos/item/79-lucifer.html.
[x] Paul Ogilvie, “How Does an Infrared Telescope Work?” eHow, last accessed December 4, 2012, http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4926827_infrared-telescope-work.html.
[xi] Thomas and Nita Horn, The Ahriman Gate (Sisters, Oregon: Musterion Press, 2005), 205.
[xii] Ibid., 218.
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