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Asked whether he might consider resigning, the Pope said that “I’ll do what God tells me to do, by praying and seeking the will of God” and that “I believe Benedict XVI is not an isolated case.”
LOR: Are we referring also to similar beings to us or more evolved ones?
FUNES: It is possible. Until now we have had no proof. But certainly in a universe so big this hypothesis cannot be excluded.
LOR: And this would not be a problem for our faith?
FUNES: I believe no. 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.
LOR: And what about redemption?
FUNES: We borrow the gospel image of the lost sheep. The pastor leaves the 99 in the herd for go look for the one that is lost. We think that in this universe there can be 100 sheep, corresponding to diverse forms of creatures.
We that belong to the human race could be precisely the lost sheep, sinners who have need of a pastor. God was made man in Jesus to save us. In this way, if other intelligent beings existed, it is not said that they would have need of redemption.
They could remain in full friendship with their Creator.
LOR: I insist: if they were sinners, would redemption also be possible for them?
FUNES: Jesus has been incarnated once, for everyone. The incarnation is an unique and unrepeatable event. I am therefore sure that they, in some way, would have the possibility to enjoy God’s mercy, as it has been for us men.
I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.…
originally posted by: 2012newstart
I don't think the Orthodoxy is closer to the truth. May be it had less historic chance for error.
originally posted by: antar
a reply to: 2012newstart
As a non credible witness It becomes simple rhetoric or pearls before swine anytime my information gets shared. At some point they win.