Vatican: The Extraterrestrial Is My Brethren
If for some times believing in alien, extraterrestrial being, ET, is only a discussion in science or even pseudo-science; let’s turn the page! Because here comes a new era, when this topic is welcomed by religion. Vatican astronomer says believing in aliens does not contradict faith in God. Right, so humanity is step into a new era.
But before we move forward, are there really exist extraterrestrial life-forms?
“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. “, according to Fr. Funes S.J., the director of Vatican Observatory, on his interview with L’Osservatore Romano (english translated).
So, it does not matter either alien exist or not. This is not about that! This is about how humanity sees the possibilities.
Beside, I will not make any side between science or religion. However from only simple statement from one person have a profound impact on how humanity see the possibilities. If you believe in God then there isn’t a scientific discovery needed to change your mind, or prove that God doesn’t exist. Do you need proof for your faith? On the other end, that doesn’t mean you have to be completely ignorant to the wonderful things science gives. Should the faith system & science contradict to each other?
“Accordingly, a religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance and loftiness of those super-personal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation. They exist with the same necessity and matter-of-factness as he himself. In this sense religion is the age-old endeavor of mankind to become clearly and completely conscious of these values and goals and constantly to strengthen and extend their effect. If one conceives of religion and science according to these definitions then a conflict between them appears impossible. For science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary. Religion, on the other hand, deals only with evaluations of human thought and action: it cannot justifiably speak of facts and relationships between facts. According to this interpretation the well-known conflicts between religion and science in the past must all be ascribed to a misapprehension of the situation which has been described.”
This is what Einstein said in New York Times Magazine in 1930. There you go mr. Einstein!
In particular for astronomy, as Fr. Funes said: “John XXIII said that our mission should be that of explaining the Church to astronomers and astronomy to the Church. We are like a bridge, a small bridge, between the world of science and the Church. Along this bridge, there is one who goes in one direction and one who goes in the other. ..”
Welcome to the new age! The age of cosmic spirituality!