a reply to: MysterX
If it was a secular professor saying those words, it wouldn't be anything strange.
What we have here, is 15-20 years of continuing efforts by selected roman catholic priests, mostly jesuits, who say to the common christians (and non
christians) that life exists elsewhere in the Universe. That it is not contrary to faith if that life is intelligent. Read mgr Balducci, and the more
recent statements of Guy Consolmagno and fr. Funes. Pope Francis already said he would baptize Martians if they would come one day to ask him for
Therefore, the current wider view of pope Francis that includes evolution and Big bang, AND "the beings of the universe" makes the big difference, not
so much as scientific discovery as acknowledge of religious authority of what the science have already done. And even beyond the current mainstream
science, that frankly still struggles with the idea to accept intelligent life as given , besides the trillions of non-intelligent stars and planets.
Honestly, the mainstream science is somehow so conservative as the religion of the past criticized at that time.
From now on, it is no more a "sin" for the 1.2 bln catholics (and the other christians I hope) to acknowledge the fact our sun is not alone in the
universe, and the great probability there would be other intelligent beings out there among the ...how many trillions of stars. Facts known to
Egyptians and Babylonians. That is a big achievement of pope Francis, because until this moment, many educated and honest researchers would stop short
before saying the next logical conclusion, because of thought of doing something wrong, going to hell, and so on. We cannot ignore that side of the
conscience of a scientist-believer. We do not speak of a class of robots who are not interested in their own well-being: on this earth and also beyond
I don't know how that process will go from now on. As one poster here said, he/she would expect a sooner contact. I'd be glad that to happen
Meanwhile, I'd like to see MORE cardinals and professors talking about that. There isn't enough talk about good ETs and the benefits the humanity
would get from them, should they appear publicly one day. Whoever talks is automatically outcast as stranger. Instead, the media especially
entertainment industry are full of shows how bad the aliens are. Don't you see a trend in that? Agenda may be, that is not ours? Certain races might
be interested to blame others for events of the past or the future. And let speak of at least 4-5 races or may be as many as 80+ (as the information
is already posted online for years). There we would have as many agendas. What is good and what is bad, or neutral, indifferent to the fate of humans
The pope's words are not the end of that process. They are not its beginning either. They are a very important milestone, that I hope more people will
see it as such. VIP persons if you will. We can talk endlessly and spend time in forums. If there is no action on behalf of those VIP persons, AND/OR
the ETs themselves, it will be useless for the common people who still are buried in everyday problems. Even if they know better than some third world
presidents that the life over there not only exists but is different.
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