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Catholic Astronomer Says "OK to Believe in Aliens"

By May 14, 2008

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From an article in the Vatican newspaper comes a statement from the Reverend Jose Gabriel Funes. This statement gives full approval for a Catholic to believe in aliens. Funes is the top astronomer at the Vatican, and he says that the great vastness of the universe certainly makes it possible that beings other than man may exist. This comes as no surprise, really, as other spokesmen for the Church have made similar statements before.

The main gist of the statement is that this "belief" does not constitute a contradiction with one's faith in God, or the Catholic Church doctrine. We can certainly take this a step further with no problem, and say that anyone who believes in God, can also possess this belief, and not be hypocritical. This has been a point of contention for many years among some Christians, who assert that since the Bible only mentions mankind as existing on planet Earth, it precludes the existence of life elsewhere.

Personally, I have not felt that contradiction, but it has often been discussed among Ufologists, UFO students, and skeptics. What do you think? Does a faith in God, and the Bible make it impossible for you to also believe in alien life? Is it a contradiction of your religious belief?


May 14, 2008 at 7:59 pm
(1) scott says:

Realities are realities. Remember people were imprisioned for not believing the earth was at the center of the universe at one time. It really doesn’t matter what Religious doctrine says. I have to tell you I think a lot of religious doctrine comes from legends, myths and folklore handed down by word of mouth.

May 14, 2008 at 11:33 pm
(2) Steve says:

I see the knowledge of life throughout the universe, and an extraterrestrial presence on this planet, to be assets for a growing faith. Like I said before, it would be ludicrous to think we are the only ones after seeing just one photo from Hubble. Even then, all someone has to do is look at the night sky, and realize that every star is a sun. We create myths which tell us stories about our deepest truths. I often wonder what other stories are out there. To know that a God’s creative acts are ongoing throughout the universe, has greatly broadened my Christianity.

May 14, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(3) Steve says:

I forgot to add that I would believe the above statements with or without the Pope’s approval.

May 15, 2008 at 9:23 am
(4) Eraser says:

Let’s be frank when we discuss this topic and acknowledge the Vatican’s far reaching influence and power among the world AND our governments. The Vatican is on the cutting edge of information and get updates from many countries’ intelligence services, no question. So, the Vatican is already aware that life exists elsewhere and has known this for a long time (ever since Eisenhower’s meeting in the late 40′s/early 50′s which was preceeded by Truman’s involvement too). So, why the change in stated policy for the Vatican to now allow such beliefs and to incorporate them so that they don’t contradict their stated realities? Some might believe this is so that the upcoming alien “attack”, or other alien disclosure/contact plans, do not smack the Vatican in the face and cause them to lose power, following or credibility. I think they’ve been informed something is going down soon and this is their attempt to ensure the Vatican stays out in front.

Sound like a conspiracy, perhaps, but do the research (the honest research looking at more than just your pre-conceived viewpoints) and you may see that it isn’t as far fetched as it may sound at first.

May 15, 2008 at 1:10 pm
(5) Steve says:

England’s Ministry of Defense’s recent disclosure of UFO information to the national archives, and the Pope’s statements, are not coincidental. Little research is needed beyond reading headlines. The Vatican’s credibility and/or “power” has already been lost with many Catholics. Regained credibility would have more to do with how the Pope handles the many child abuse cases – which, of course, is unrelated to the topic at hand. I didn’t know the Vatican has such a far-reaching political influence and intelligence gathering infrastructure. I guess faith, theology, and critical thinking have nothing to do with implicating life throughout the universe. But then, what do I know since my views are preconceived.

May 17, 2008 at 1:33 pm
(6) ray says:

I have to agree with erazer..I too had similar thoughts running through my mind..I also remember some years ago when workmen were renovating some labrynths beneath the Vatican..they unhearthed 3 small skeletons with large heads & eye sockets..I remember seeing pictures of the skulls..Does the Vatican know what’s going on? Oh i think so…

May 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm
(7) spacealien says:

I know this thing goona happen a year back when i read the article at http://www.ufoblogger.blogspot.com about how ufo visited Vatican in 2005 at the death of pope.

In recently ufo activity get really high ..

May 17, 2008 at 7:47 pm
(8) Chance Metz says:

Now to get our govewrmnt to admit the same thing.

May 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm
(9) Steve says:

What is the source for the story about workmen renovating labyrinths, with skeletons, under the Vatican? Anyways, I thought the topic was whether the existence of UFOs or extraterrestrial life interfered with my faith in God? For me, the answer is definately no. I do not see extraterrestrial life and my beliefs as mutually exclusive.

May 18, 2008 at 12:01 am
(10) Steve says:
May 18, 2008 at 12:32 am
(11) Steve says:
May 18, 2008 at 7:42 pm
(12) Chance Metz says:

The right address helps.

May 18, 2008 at 11:43 pm
(13) Steve says:

Yes, I again apologize, but not for my apologia. The URLs were right, but http://www.catholic.org is being redesigned. What I was trying to refer to was the article “Unearthed Vatican City Necropolis Reveals Slice of Ancient Roman Life (2006),” by John Thavis. Perhaps Ray could cite the source, since he made the claim. But, just for the record, extraterrestrial life in the universe has been considered by Catholicism before the events of the past week. In “Jesus Christ: Fundamentals of Christology,” by Roch A. Kereszty, O.Cist, Appendix II is entitled “Christ and Possible Other Universes and Extraterrestrial Intelligent Beings.” The copyright for this book is 1991. This book was required reading while in seminary. As for Spacealien saying “I know this thing goona happen a year back” – what thing? I have no problem with the possibility of UFOs being around the Vatican. They’re around a lot of other places too, places both famous and obscure. What’s being implied?

May 19, 2008 at 1:23 pm
(14) ray says:

unfortunately Steve this was something that caught my eyes quite a while a ago and i have no way of remembering where i saw it…For all i know it is quite possibly a fake..What i was actually implying was the fact that the powers that be.. including the vatican..quite probably have a better understanding of the ufo scenario than most people might realize..

May 19, 2008 at 2:32 pm
(15) dejavu says:

Well yars ago at mass our 70yr old priest gave a sermon on the Ghost he witnessed go through a wall in a place where a man had hung himself. In April 2008, my husband and myself saw several Ufos. Something IS out there. Glad The Vatican will now let me off the hook for THAT but still refuses to honor my marriage to my husband.

May 19, 2008 at 3:07 pm
(16) James B. says:

I applaud the Catholic Church for taking this position. After all, the Bible talks about matters of faith and the condition on this planet. Alien life does not depend our beliefs to exsist. it would be like saying your family pet doesn’t exsist because it’s not in the bible! it’s a matter of common sense that surely a few of those millions of planets out there must have intelligent life. to think otherwise is simply foolish.

May 19, 2008 at 3:16 pm
(17) alex says:

Faith has nothing to do with it,God Is God. Hopefully the existence of extraterrestial life will enlighten us more on the meaning of life.

May 19, 2008 at 6:40 pm
(18) joey OBrien says:

Gee, I’m so glad we have the catholic church’s approval! All I can say is oy vey

May 20, 2008 at 10:01 am
(19) E. Lee Gregory says:

There is much evidence in the Bible that tells us God is an intelligent extra terrestrial. There is a great deal of evidence that existed between Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon man that ranges from cave art to modern day DNA studies that prove that there is an extraterrestrial presence at work here on earth. There is evidence on this earth that shows us more then once God has destroyed earth’s civilizations. I think you had better consider the possibility of extraterrestrials or alien because you worship one, if you worship the God of the earth.

May 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm
(20) Gen says:

Its nice to see the Catholic Church release this statement. It has no bearing on my own beliefs however. I am a Catholic and have never felt the slightest twinge of guilt at my belief in God or Life elsewhere in the cosmos. Nor has my faith blinded me to the faults of the Church. Does this admission speak to knowledge of something pivotal in the near future affecting our world as we know it? I have no idea. I remain vigilant.

May 21, 2008 at 10:46 am
(21) Genesis says:

E. Lee Gregory is on to something. Pay much attention to his hypothesis and study what he is saying and you will stumble upon the truth. You all make valid points. I am proud you.

Eternal love for you and all of mankind, Genesis

May 21, 2008 at 11:08 am
(22) fred edison says:

Whew. It’s okay to welcome the aliens should they land. The Church has finally acknowledged it isn’t in control of the world and universe, as it was. Humbling to be certain, but not unexpected.

Did we have a jump-start from ETs in mans early history? Maybe. Were we seeded from comets and meteorites on an Earth ripe with the right conditions for life, and developed over billions of years, which would make us ETs ourselves? Might be and what I believe to have happened.

Check out the Vatican astronomer, Brother Guy Consolmagno. Incredibly intelligent, not overly religious, and a genuinely inquisitive man who loves to explore the heavens (no pun). He even has an asteroid named after him due to his discovery of it. They nicknamed it ‘Little Guy.’

May 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm
(23) Bonnie says:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and earth…’

May 22, 2008 at 4:17 pm
(24) Paul Shishis says:

Glad to see folks of the HOLY, understand COSMIC BIOLOGY.

May 27, 2008 at 4:12 pm
(25) Brian says:

You have all looked at the scientific evidence into UFO”S, Now you should look into the Christian evidence into UFO”S, This is clearly Satans deception and your falling into his trap. Deception will florish in the the end days fooling even the elect the Bible states. I will soon post information you can obtain proving this, I urge you to look at both sides of this argument!

May 27, 2008 at 11:03 pm
(26) Brian says:

E Lee Gregory, Unfortunatley you already caught the attention of someone with your dangrerous train of thought,I do Not worship an alien and God is NOT an alien. “PROFESSESING themselves to be wise, they became fools… Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped a creature more than the Creator…” _Romans 1:22,25 You are opening yourself to demonic activity in ways you can’t imagine.Please check out this Web site http://www.rense.com/general32/expose.htm or Google search: UFO’S Demonic Deception or contact the Berean call at 1-800-937-6638 ask for movie: UFO’S The Hidden Truth, Item # VT018 The cost is only $5.00 You may also want to look into item # VT028 I pray you put your trust in the God of the Bible and your faith in Jesus Christ not the Church Hierarchy. “Let God be true and every man a liar” God Bless

July 26, 2008 at 9:42 am
(27) mr. natural says:

Of course it’s OK to believe in ET’s, after all what do you think GOD really is?

July 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm
(28) Joan Kossman says:

It is quite significant that the Roman Catholic church has permitted this article in its Vatican publication. Together with other government connected statements that are being published, it may be possible that we, the general public, are being prepared for the news that there are alien beings/societies that are in contact with us (that is certain individuals/authorities). If this is so, when this info is made public, it will cause a huge paradigm shift. Theology will have to find a way to accomodate it. Some people’s belief structures will be very threatened, others will adapt.

September 13, 2008 at 12:51 pm
(29) Justin says:

Billy, they do mention Aliens in the Bible.

The Nephilim are mentioned in the Bible as giants not of this world. Angels were most likely visitors as seen in some of the old artistry and the Bible goes on the mention the Planet “Wormwood” an exact depiction of the 12th planet. This planet has many names, Niburu ect… and is mentioned in almost every religion and culture on earth. Demons or reptilian creatures were thought to habit the planet.

November 20, 2008 at 5:12 pm
(30) Gary says:

It really doesn’t matter what’s out there. Man spends so much time trying to prove himself knowing more than God and is continually changing his own beliefs through his discoveries in science, archaeology, etc. The bottom line remains the same. God created it all, all we know and will learn and will know. Creation is not changing because God never changes. Man just changes his knowledge as he learns more of what God created.

November 20, 2008 at 5:24 pm
(31) Gary says:

It is always interesting how man continues to learn and change his beliefs about the world & how it came about and then says “this is how it is!” One only needs to look back a couple of hundred or several hundred years and see this. The reality is God created everything and man just continues to learn more about that creation. For example, Darwins evolutionary theory is no longer intellectually defensible. Creation never changed and never will change because God created it all.

January 13, 2009 at 9:44 pm
(32) sarah says:

knock and the door will open, seek and you will find. Do these words sound familiar? Maybe theres something more to this than meets the eye, or is our minds eye playing tricks on us?

November 10, 2009 at 1:59 pm
(33) duchess says:

Genesis 6:1 “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,”

Genesis 6:2 “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”

The “sons of God” are angelic beings, or angels, and their offspring are called “the Nephilim”. These angelic beings, or angels saw the daughters of men were beautiful. These are the fallen angels of Jude 6, who followed Satan in his fall in the “world that was”, which is the first earth age. Jude 6 reads; “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”

We see that it is these fallen angels that are already reserved undo judgment, and continuing to follow Satan’s, in their coming to earth, and intermixing or marring Adamic daughters. This may be strange to you, However, it is taught by Paul in the New Testament. Paul was warning Woman in I Corinthians 11:10; “For this cause ought the woman have power [a sign of authority] on her head, because of the angels.”

The protection, or power of authority Paul warned against was from the angels. Though many translate this covering to be “hair”, however, it should be veil. That veil is the “Holy Spirit”. Because in the latter days it is going to be just as it was in the days of Noah, and friend we are in the latter days. If both Jesus and Paul warned the Christians to be alert of this fact, we had better be alert of it.

Genesis 6:3 “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”

Think on that phrase; “man is flesh”. God has just shortened mans life span from the thousand years, to “an hundred and twenty years”.

Genesis 6:4 “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”

The giants are the Nephilim, or those offspring of the marriage between the fallen angels, and the daughters of men. Who could that be, you may ask? The progeny of any sexual relationship is children, or descendants. These children, or offspring from the angelic relationships were misfits. They were deformed giants.

So here we have a problem, for these offspring were not born innocent of woman, but their true parentage , came directly from the heavens. They “left their habitation, as we saw in Jude six, and began to seduce the daughters of men. We are told that there were no women in the world that was, that first earth age, for all souls existed as “sons of God”. They refused to come to earth as required in our Heavenly Father’s plan, through the womb of woman, but rather came and took the women as their wives.

God plan required all souls to come to earth to be born of woman, and as an innocent soul; These angels defiled God and took these earthly women as play things. So these fallen angels [the sons of God] came and produced a mixture of earthly man, and angelic being which was a monstrosity, to walk the earth. Why again did this take place?

Because Satan tried to destroy the womb of woman, and the perfect, pure blood line of man, that the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ would be born through. That Christ child would provide salvation for all souls, that would believe upon Him.

Genesis 6:5 “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

It was evil going on twenty four hours a day. Jesus referred to this time, when He was asked how it would be just prior to His return, in Matthew 24:37. It is going to be just like it was in Noah’s time, when our Lord returns. Because Satan and his angels will be cast out of heaven, and walking the earth. If you are living in a fairy tale land, and thinking of angels as some ghostly figures, my friend you will be deceived, for both you and they are made in the same image.

Revelation 12:7; “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,”

This war will come to a conclusion very shortly, and for Michael and his forces are far superior than Satan’s.

Revelation 12:8; “And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.”

Revelation 12:9; And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Did you catch that? Satan and his band of angelic beings are going to visit us on earth, and we are told in Revelation 9:1 that this will be at the sounding of the fifth trumpet. Friend, we are in the last generation, and the fifth trumpet is sounded before the seventh trumpet, which is the coming of our Lord. We will see Satan presenting himself as the Antichrist. the counterfeit of the true Christ, Jesus Christ. If you are expecting to fly out of here in a rapture, then you don’t stand a prayer of a chance against the Antichrist’s deceptions coming upon the earth.

In Matthew 24:38, 39 Jesus told us; “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Jesus is telling us, this isn’t the Messiah that you will be worshipping. This is Satan and his bunch of misfits, and fallen angels that will deceived many, for all the people in the final generation will be deceived, except for God’s elect.

We can also read of these misfits in the first four verses of Jude. They are the “men ho crept in unawares, ordained to condemnation, and denying our Lord Jesus Christ”. It’s amazing how the only book that offers any hope and salvation against the world wide destruction that will fall upon our generation, is treated worse then a dime store novel, and thrown on the shelves of Christian homes. You would probably read the novel before the Word of God.

This book given us by God, pinpoints exactly what we are to face, as this earth age comes to a close in our generation.

Paul’s second warning came in II Corinthians 11:3-4, where Paul warns women that Satan and his false ministers will come and seduce you again, as the “serpent wholly seduced [beguiled] Eve”. Paul is telling the ladies that they had better get their head’s covered, with the vail of truth. We must understand that our generation is in the final days, and these things are going to be happening again and will catch the minds of most people asleep, and draw them into the Antichrist’s deception.

The deception of a false joy will leave you totally defenseless, as a scorpion sting, and all except “God’s elect”, those sealed in their minds with the knowledge of God’s Word, will be defenseless upon At Satan’s arrival on earth. This is spelled out in Revelation 9:3-4. When these fallen angels are walking on the earth, it will be the events of Noah’s time all over again.

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September 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(34) cb says:

As a matter of fact, fallen angels are mentioned in the first book of the Bible; Genesis. I mentions angels came down to earth and mingled with humans and even taken up with human women and had children by them. I believe these fallen angels are the UFO’s we see today in the skies and in unidentified space ships. It sounds weird but it is true if it is in the Bible. Arrest my case!

September 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm
(35) theo says:

Oh LOOK!!! The virgin flying saucer mary of stratosphere!! sorry, couldn`t help it

September 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(36) molly says:

OR the Church wants us discussing anything other than the rape and sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests.

September 17, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(37) Kyle says:

In my opinion, who’s to say alien life forms require the same attributes as our ecosystem. Just because organisms in our planet require oxygen, who’s to say other life forms do? Scientists do not know for certain what these life forms may need to survive. They may need some unknown element alien to us and our solar system. When you discover the end of the solar system, give me a call……

September 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm
(38) eugene says:

I am Catholic. I am convinced I saw a UFO in 1980. There is absolutely no contradiction between UFO Extraterrestrial phenonemonand Catholic belief. The statement by Reverend Jose Gabriel Funesn that other intelligent life can exist in the universe is not a new thing. Check out the book “The End of the Present World and the mysteries of the Furture Life,” by French Priest, Charles Arminjon, first published in 1881, republished in English 2008 by Sophia Institute Press. He says science asks Catholics, how can we admit that the vast universe contains only inert spheres devolid of life, or animals or slaves unable toknow the hand that feeds them? “Could these countless worlds, intended to proclaim his glory, be merely lyres suspended in the void…” But he says reason and the brimming life on earth makes us conclude that “life and thought actuate all these spheres. What is man “amidst all these countless beings” and that (itty-bitty man) my words “is the center of all things?” Father Arminjon says in reply “The Church has defined nothing” on this subject, and “the field ( whether other intelligent life exists in the universe) remains open to all hypotheses pp.124-5-6) and all opinions.” He goes on to state that the general opinion of Doctors of the Catholic Church are is that it is reasonable to think that beings capable of praising and blessing God “fill all space…”

November 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm
(39) Andrea says:

Religions in the past and present consentrated on supressing any truth other than what was found in the Bible. Religion teaches ingnorance on every possible level. Because of its narrow minded precepts it holds humanity back from developing new innovations that may benefit mankind. I say like the settlers of old we just build our ships and set off into space to see what is there. Along the way we colonize. Did God put all those empty planets there for no reason? Perhaps he left them there for us to ascend as humans to another level and develop enough to sustain our lifeform. (Just a theory) Anyways if we keep Breeding as the good Bible tells us to, we will need to leave this overcrowded polluted planet within the next 1000 years or less.

March 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm
(40) Danny H. says:

I can,t explain why I know but every time that I start to believe in the ufo / alien sightings the Lord God relays to me with the daily readings, news articals and even at Mass. Too many coincidences to deny. The great liar is real and will stop at nothing to lead souls astray. I mean EVERY TIME!!!

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