An interesting bit of news came across UFO Digest last week.
This article asserted that a senior official in the Vatican has gone on record several times on Italian television that the UFO phenomenon is a genuine and echt. According to the link, Monsignor Corrado Balducci states that UFOs are "not demonic, they are not due to psychology impairment...and they deserve study."
UFO Digest cites another UFO site, UFO Disclosure, as its source. So far I cannot find any others that are more mainstream to validate the quote. Not saying that's a bad thing, just saying.
Believe it or not, I do not find such an admission, if accurate, to be an entirely surprising one. I have always admired the Catholic Church for its view of science. In Catholicism, science and faith are not exclusive as science allows for a deeper understanding of God's creation. As Pope John Paul II said, "Truth does not contradict truth." The Vatican has long endorsed theories such as evolution and the Big Bang. The Church even has its own observatory and astronomers.
In November of 2009, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences made the statement that, paraphrasing, "If alien life exists then it is part of God's creation." The position towards intelligent alien life would be one of welcoming and, if all parties were interested, baptism into the church.
Where I must part ways with certain precincts of the UFO community is when I confront the idea that the church is somehow helping to conceal the existence of UFOs or that there is somehow a deeper connection between the two. A case in point of this sort of matter is the supposed UFO sighted early in the morning of April 8th, 2005, the date of Pope John Paul II's funeral. Examine the photo yourself and make your own determination, but to me it could be just about anything.
I can understand how someone might begin to suspect a connection. There are pieces of frankly eyebrow-raising Christian art from the period of the Renaissance that would seem to suggest depictions of UFOs. There is a 14th Century painting depicting the Crucifixion that was found in Kosovo. Many have interpreted the image in the upper left and right corners (see above) of that painting to be a "UFO and its occupant," a sort of "Close Encounter of the Third Kind rendered in fresco," but it is important to note alternative and honestly more likely explanations (it's the Moon, not aliens) for the rendering. There are similar explanations for other artistic anomalies and symbols.
But I'll warn you, they might not sit well with someone who has been binge watching Ancient Aliens.
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