Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vatican Astronomer Would Baptize ET

Guy Consolmagno, an astronomer at the Vatican observatory told reporters that, if extraterrestrials exist, and wanted to accept the Lord into their lives, he would be happy to baptize them. However, he said the possibility of finding such intelligent life is "astronomical."

"God is bigger than just humanity," Consolmagno said, "Any entity, no matter how many tentacles it has, has a soul." Former Presbyterian minister and author of the book, The Bible and Flying Saucers, Barry Downing, said, "There's no need to worry about baptizing aliens if they show up," as the commandment is restricted to the nations of the Earth, and "We need to face the possibility that this reality -- whatever it is -- might be millions of years ahead of us? And why would we suppose that they would not already have the Holy Spirit and therefore not need to be baptized by the Church?"

The Vatican's former foremost authority on diabolic possession, Corrado Balducci, maintained to his death (in 2008) that extraterrestrial life was a matter of course, as written in the Holy Bible: "As God's power is limitless, it is not only possible but also likely that inhabited planets exist." Balducci, however, seemed to consider ETs dæmonic in nature, though his statements were sometimes confusing on this point; at the very least, Balducci posited that ET life was Supernatural in nature.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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