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Vatican Acknowledges ET Presence

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Source: Global Village News and Resources Issue 85

http://www.gvnr.com/85/editorial.htm

05-03-05


Guest Editorial

Vatican Acknowledges ET Presence
by
Monsignor Lac. Corrado Balducci

Over the last 150 years it have appeared sequentially and with
an increasing spreading and frequency rate, two types of
manifestations and phenomena, very different between them, but
both so interesting, controversial and fascinating to divide
public opinion into two different aspects: or everything is
real, or well everything is false. These are spiritualism and
ufology. It shouldn't surprise us this approach, because it's
related only to the reactions and behaviour of the public before
these two phenomena and not to their contents, obviously quite
different between both of them!

Regarding spiritualism, this is a practice for which there are
testimonies across the centuries; in 1847, with the sisters Fox
in Hydesville (New York), it had a special remark and spread
rapidly in several countries. Very soon there was an explanation
for the phenomena connected to such practices, even by the
scientists: the souls of the disincarnated, better said of the
dead people, are the cause of this. This was called the
spiritualist hypothesis, against which theologians soon opposed
to the so called demonic hypothesis.

Only by the end of XIX century there were made the first
attempts to look for a natural explanation, and finally in 1922,
with the thick book of the French scientist Charles Richet,
"Trait=E8 de M=E8tapsychique", it began officially the so called
Metapsychics, nowadays better known as Parapsychology.

When I began with my demonic and metapsychic studies back in
1950, I found myself in a period when, since two decades ago, it
was denied the existence of spiritualist phenomena (and not only
by some scientists, but also by a very wide public opinion),
that represented at that time the most abundant cases of
Metapsychics.

The same is valid since some decades on regarding Ufology.

After this premise, we reach our subject, for which I have two
very brief clarifications to expose.

- The acronym UFO (Unidentified Flying Object), is used here in
a wider sense, or even better, including also the existence of
living beings in other planets.

- The aim of my intervention is to underline that something real
must exist in the phenomena, and how this does not contrast at
all with Christian religion, being considered positive even
among theologians.

Let's divide the speech in three points:

1. Something real must exist.
2. Theological considerations on the habitability of other planets.
3. Some testimonies favourable to it.

I - UFO: Something real must exist.
This is a statement coming out from basic considerations based
upon common sense, human rationalism and upon a normal and
possible course of our lives, considering not only individual
and social aspects, but also religious.

In fact, today there is a great amount (still increasing) of
testimonies regarding the so called flying saucers or spaceships
and the extraterrestrials; and among them there are some coming
from reliable persons, with a culture and initially non
believers. There are already hundreds of thousands of eye
witnesses in the world that state to have seen UFO's at least
once. There are so many, even in a smaller amount, the
testimonies coming from the so called contactees.

If we consider this, it seems impossible to deny at a rational
level that something real does exist! A totally sceptic
behaviour is not justified at all, because a priori seems to be
against to the elemental prudence suggested by the good sense.

It is also real that we could think rationally that so large
average of testimonies could be due to illusions, hallucinations
and to states of intense suggestion. In other cases it could be
also due to particular light effects or well to atmospheric
phenomena, such as clouds that over the mountains may show a
shape similar to the flying saucers; we could use as an example
the so called ball rays or well globular flashes of lighting.

Other times UFO's could be confused with certain types of round-
shaped aeroplanes, that were certainly built in USA since the so
called Cold War (it is also certain that Russia built some
aeroplanes of this type). This promoted in the period after
World War II, the spreading of the idea that flying saucers were
nothing else but new inventions with warring aim, obviously kept
secret.

But these are always inaccurate explanations and considerations
to explain the number of testimonies and the wideness of UFO
phenomenon. The most severe and hard criticism could reduce
largely this number, but never will be able to eliminate all of
them.

We also have to remember that in several countries exist places,
organisations and associations that collect evidences and
testimonies on tape, in order to make them examine and study by
experts and scientists as necessary; after that the whole set is
catalogued in explainable and non explainable phenomena. It is
not any longer a secret the existence of the so called "Area 51"
in the United States, within a zone in the hearth of the Nevada
desert; an enormous land area that has a larger construction
underground than on the surface. In France is famous the SEPRA
association; in Italy there is the CUN, "Centro Ufologico
Nazionale" (National Ufological Centre), already on its 36th.
year of existence, and with Dr. Roberto Pinotti as President
since long ago; also in Italy there is since 4 years until now
the CIFAS ("Council of International Federation of Advanced
Studies") dedicated to study the relationships between man and
extraterrestrial space, which President is still Gen. Salvatore
Marcelletti.

Regarding the existence of something real within UFO phenomenon,
I must add another consideration that was left for last to
better underline its importance. And this is, that a
generalised, systematic and total incredulity finally would
weaken and destroy the value of human testimony, with serious
and unforeseeable consequences, because that is the base of life
not only individual and social, but also religious.

In fact, testimony is a form of communication of our faith in
our partner. This is a widely spread way on daily life (when
listening news, spending, buying, etc.). Let's imagine what
could happen on individual and social life if the value of human
testimony was weaken, with the logical decrease and
disappearance of that faith many times is essential for daily
life!

After this, I have extended such inconveniences to religious
life; in fact, also Christian religion is based upon human
testimony, being the Divine Revelation an historical fact.

In 1937 Jesuit theologian Herbert Thurston wrote on purpose:
"From a logical point of view, christians that accept miracles
and other episodes related on the Gospel... they cannot reject
in an obstinate way the reiterated testimonies of modern and
reliable witnesses, that relate what their eyes have seen... All
our Apologetic system is based upon the belief in the Truth said
in the Gospel" ("Church and Spiritualism"; Milan, 1937;
p.p.179). For that: "systematic demolition and discredit of
human testimonies regarding simple fact data, seem to me
contrary in principle to all belief on the historic seriousness
of Gospel, and indirectly, to every belief on Christian
Revelation" (Op. Cit. p.p. 157).

II. Theological and biblical considerations on the habitability
of other planets.

First of all a clarification: we should exclude that angels use
spaceships, due to the fact that they are merely spiritual
beings, and that they are wherever they want to be, and in the
rare cases when they show themselves, they don't have any
difficulty to assume a visible form. The very same we can say
about dead people. Holy Virgin, in the very few cases when she
could consider to be in contact with human people (very
exceptional episodes and to be confirmed in their authenticity),
continues to choose other very different ways to transmit us her
maternal affection, to manifest us her urgencies, to communicate
us her maternal claims or to give us her sweet reproaches. Even
keeping their angelic nature, we shouldn't think about the
devils at all, because they are connected in their liberty to
God on their extraordinary activity, and in that way they are
disabled to express their terrible and malefic hate regarding
us. Let's remember St. August: "If the devil by his own
initiative could do anything, even a single living being would
not stay on Earth" (ML 37, 1246); let's remember also to St.
Buenaventura: "Is so large the demon's cruelty, that he would
swallow us in every moment, if Divine protection don't guard us"
("Diaeta salutis", tit. 7 c.1, Verona 1748, p. 183).

Therefore, when speaking about extraterrestrials, we must think
in beings like us, or well and preferably in other types of
living beings, that in their spiritual part they have associated
a material one; better said, a body in a better state than the
one existing for us as humans.

There is not a scientific certainty yet about this problem, even
if this seems to be closer and closer, thanks to the progress of
science and study. Regarding the theological and biblical aspect
of this matter, we can remark three points, three affirmations
in favour from the various considerations:

1. Before all, that exist other inhabited planets is something
possible. In the Bible there are not specific allusions to other
living beings, but neither is excluded this hypothesis, that for
this stays as possible, if we think that God's omnipotence and
wisdom have no limits, being infinite.

2. Furthermore, the existence of other inhabited planets is
something credible. In fact, there is a great diversity between
angels, merely spiritual beings and us, composed by spirit and
matter; better said, soul and flesh, but a soul that cannot act
if don't use the body as an instrument; a body that makes with
its passions and capital vices conditional the soul to the point
of make human person so fragile, and more devoted to evil than
to goodness. Therefore is credible that this enormous distance
between us and the angels could be reduced by the presence of
beings that, havingalso a body (even if more perfect), their
soul is less conditioned on their intelligent and volitional
acting.

If necessary, there is another confirmation upon the very
ancient saying of Lucrezio Caro: "Natura non facit saltus"; a
very famous phrase (that I found on the "De rerum natura") and
quoted - regarding that argument - also by some theologians.

Another consideration is taken for the aim of the creation, or
well the Glory of God, a concept that you can find several times
on the Bible. For instance, Psalm 18 begins by saying precisely:
"heavens sing the glory of God". But only human person is able
to give this glory to God in a conscious way, because it has
intelligence and free will.

Precisely for this, several theologians say, is not only
possible but credible, that in the spaces that are distant and
inaccessible for men and his scientific instruments, do exist
other beings able to know God as their Creator, and also they
give Him this Glory, that for them and their worlds represent
the aim of Creation.

Jesuit Father Domenico Grasso, Professor of Theology at the
Pontifical Gregorian University wrote on purpose: "Why all the
perfection God has spread so widely in the universe should be
kept hidden without singing the glory of God? Wouldn't it be a
discordance unsuitable for God? Who writes a book knowing that
it will never be read by anyone, or well who paints a painting
to hide it from anyone's sight?".

He claims regarding the statements made by German theologian
Joseph Pohle in one of his books of 1904 (page 457): "It seems
to be accordingly with the aim of the world that inhabitable
celestial bodies are settled by creatures that recognise the
glory of God in the physical beauties of their worlds, in the
same way man does with his smaller world" ("Die Sternewelt
undihre Bewohner" - "The Stars of Universe and its Inhabitants";
K=F6ln 1904; pp. 457). Finally Father Grassoconcludes: "we must
think in the angels to know where God receives the glory from
these worlds from, because them, that are purely spiritual, "are
not able to know the matter but indirectly, in the same way man
does with the spirit" (ib.).

3. Beyond to be something possible and credible, I would see
desirable the inhabitability of other planets. In a future, even
if very remote, these eventual inhabitants, superior to us,
could be very helpful to us, specially in our spiritual path. In
a non practical way, they could had been protecting and helping
us since long time ago.

If it is the case that they do really exist intelligent beings
on other planets, it would be easier to understand how to
conciliate their existence with the redemption of Christ. As St.
Paul says (cfr. Col. 1, 16-17), a real fact is that Christ is
the centre and head of the creation of the universe. Therefore
there are no worlds without a reference of Him. From the Bible
is possible to assure that Christ, as Incarnated Verb, has total
influence upon all the possible inhabited planets.

I quote what said by St. Paul to the Colossians: "For by Him all
things were created that are in heaven and that are on Earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or
principalities or powers. All things were created through Him
and for Him. And He is before all things and in Him all things
consist... For it pleased the Father that in Him all the
fullness should dwell. And by Him to reconcile all things to
Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven,
having made peace through the blood of His cross" (Col. 1, 16-
20).

The Church celebrates the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year
(before the Advent) as the Feast of Christ, King of the
universe, and in its liturgy the universality of His kingdom is
remembered, which is also expressed in the daily Mass.

III. Algunos testimonios a favor.
There exist several interesting statements on the inhabitability
of other worlds by lay scientists, theologians or servants of
God which already qualified for a process of beatification or
canonisation. Obviously I'll limit myself to quote just some of
them.

Beginning with the laymen, let me quote the great French
scientist Charles Richet (1850 - 1935), that was, among other
things, a materialist. In 1922, in his "Trait=E8 de
M=E8tapsychique", he stated: "Do we have any right to claim, just
because of our limited senses and our mistaken intelligence,
that man is the onlyintelligent being in this immense cosmos?...
That other intellectual forces, different from us, exist, is not
only possible but extremely probable. It is even certain... It
is absurd to claim that we are the only intelligence in
nature... The existence of these beings cannot be proven, but
the probability of their existence is evident" (loc. cit., Paris
1922, pp. 787-788).

I remember 5 theologians:

1. Cardinal Nicol=F2 Cusano (1401 - 1464), philosopher and
scientist that said: "We are not authorised to exclude that on
another star beings do exist, even if they are completely
different from us".

2. The Jesuit Father and astronomer Fr. Angelo Secchi (1818 -
 1876) wrote: "It is absurd to claim that the worlds surrounding
us are large, uninhabited deserts and that the meaning of the
universe lies just in our small, inhabited planet.".

3. The famous Dominican preacher Jacques-Marie-Louis Monsabre
(1827 - 1907) referred to the principle "Natura non facit
saltus" when he claimed that other intelligent beings besides
men and angels exist.

4. The already quoted English Jesuit Father Herbert Thurston
wrote: "Who can claim that there are no other intelligent beings
besides these 3 categories of angels, demons and men in the
Universe of God? I do not intend to confirm the possibility I
indicated in my question as a fact, but I ask: Who can be sure
about it?" (Op. Cit., pp. 3).

5. German Theologian Giuseppe Pohle: "Hypothesis of the
plurality of inhabited worlds is totally favourable to the glory
of the Lord. God creates for His glory, and any glory is
possible without intelligentbeings, able to know the creation of
the Lord"

I remember two persons for whom there is already going on their
process of canonisation:

1. The Salesian Father and Servant of God Don Andrea Beltrami
(1870 - 1897) who prayed also for the possible inhabitants of
other planets. Of the 16 booklets he wrote, one seems to deal
with this topic (and I say "seems" because unfortunately I was
not able to know the titles of his 16 publications).

2. The second (with whom I want to close this paper), is the
already sanctified Padre Pio, who was beatified by Pope John
Paul II on May 2, 1999 and canonised on June 16, 2002. From St.
Fr. Pio, the following dialogue is documented and officially
published by the Cappuchin Order: Question: "Father, some claim
that there are creatures of God on other planets, too". Answer:
"What else? Do you think they don't exist and that God's
omnipotence is limited to this small planet Earth? What else? Do
you think there are no other beings who love the Lord?".

Another question: "Father, I think the Earth is nothing compared
to other planets and stars". Answer: "Exactly! Yes, and we
Earthlings are nothing, too. The Lord certainly did not limit
His glory to this small Earth. On other planets other beings
exist who did not sin and fall as we did". (Don Nello Castello:
"Cos=EC parl=F2 Padre Pio"; Vicenza, 1974).

Lac. Corrado Balducci
Rome, C. 7 / 6 / 2001



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