It’s nice to know that if we were to ever go to space that the Vatican would consider us covered by God’s almighty power – they’ve just announced they won’t rule out life in all its forms from following the Lord’s teachings.
In a slightly bizarre statement, Argentinean Jesuit Father José Gabriel Funes, head of the Vatican’s astronomy program, has said that another Jesus from outer space in unimaginable.
This is on the back of NASA’s recent discovery of a planet outside our solar system that is very similar to Earth.
If we have humans, and this other Earth could also have humans, would they have their own God or Jesus? To answer that burning question, Father Funes said, “The discovery of intelligent life does not mean there’s another Jesus. The incarnation of the son of God is a unique event in the history of humanity, of the universe”.
He ruled out excluding any other intelligent beings from his faith, saying, “we can’t put limits on God’s creative freedom”.
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“To say it as St. Francis [of Assisi], if we consider some earthly creatures as ‘brother’ and ‘sister,’ why couldn’t we also talk of an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? He would also belong to creation”.
Pope Francis even said he would be open to alien followers: “If, for example, tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here… Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them… And one says, ‘But I want to be baptised!’ What would happen?”
“When the Lord shows us the way, who are we to say, ‘No, Lord, it is not prudent! No, let’s do it this way’,”
Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno said in 2010 that aliens who seek baptism should receive it from the church, because “any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul”.
Tell us, do you think aliens should be able to join the Catholic church if they come to planet Earth? Or should they find their own God?