From the X Files: "Giordano Bruno's Legacy" --Vatican New Views on Extraterrestrial Civilizations
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October 26, 2011

From the X Files: "Giordano Bruno's Legacy" --Vatican New Views on Extraterrestrial Civilizations

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The chief astronomer of the church that burned Giordano Bruno at the stake in 1600  says there is no conflict between believing in God and in the possibility of extraterrestrial civilizations perhaps more evolved than humans.

"In my opinion this possibility exists," said the Reverend José Gabriel Funes, current director of the Vatican Observatory and a scientific adviser to Pope Benedict XVI, referring to life on other planets.

"How can we exclude that life has developed elsewhere," he said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. The large number of galaxies with their own planets makes this possible, he noted.

Asked if he was referring to beings similar to humans or even more evolved than humans, he said: "Certainly, in a universe this big you can't exclude this hypothesis."

"Just as there is a multiplicity of creatures on earth, there can be other beings, even intelligent, created by God. This is not in contrast with our faith because we can't put limits on God's creative freedom. Why can't we speak of a 'brother extraterrestrial'? It would still be part of creation."

Funes, who runs the observatory that is based south of Rome and in Arizona, held out the possibility that the human race might actually be the "lost sheep" of the universe. There could be other beings "who remained in full friendship with their creator," he said.

Funes commentary is a giant step away from the historical record that includes the Inquisition, which condemned Galileo in the 17th century for insisting that the Earth revolved around the Sun. The Roman Catholic Church did not rehabilitate him until 1992.

"The general opinion is not always the perfect truth..." Giordano Bruno is still quoted. Such remarks produced expensive, bitter consequences: On 17th of February 1600 he publicly was burnt at the stake after eight years of torture and dungeon detention. Today the Piazza Campo dei Fiori where this statue stands has become a monument to free thinking; adjacent to the statue, is the "Fahrenheit 451" bookstore, named after Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel expounding freedom of thought.

As the Spanish physicist Beatriz Gato-Rivera wrote, Bruno "claimed that the sun was only one star among the many thousands, and therrefore, like the sun, many other stars also have planets around them and living beings inhabiting them." Gato-Rivera goes on to note that to "appreciate the genius of Bruno one has to take into account that he lived at a time when more than 99% of the intellectuals believed that the Earth was the center of the Universe, and a few others, like Copernicus and Galileo, believed that it was the Sun, instead, at the center of the Universe, and the stars being some bright heavenly bodies of an unknown nature."

On February 18th, in the year 2000, cardinal Angelo Sodano, the undersecretary of state of the Vatican, expressed the "deep regret" of the catholic church (according to Zenith News Agency with regard to the death sentence against Giordano Bruno) in a letter to the participants of a congress in Naples, which took place for the memory of this Italian philosopher in the local theological faculty 2000. It was a "terrible death", the cardinal wrote 400 years too late, "a sad episode in newer Christian history".

In Bruno's honor, a fleet of space-born laboratories -NASA's Terrestrial Planet Finder, Life Finder and Planet Imager and the ESA's Darwin Mission- will dramatically expand humanity's ability to scientifically test Bruno's vision that life is pervasive throughout the universe. The search is well underway with the discovery the past couple of years of more than 228 exoplanets (out of a universe of billions).

Funes said he believed as an astronomer that the most likely explanation for the start of the universe was "the big bang," the theory that it sprang into existence from dense matter billions of years ago. But he said this was not in conflict with faith in God as creator. "God is the creator," he said. "There is a sense to creation. We are not children of an accident."

He added: "As an astronomer, I continue to believe that God is the creator of the universe and that we are not the product of something casual but children of a good father who has a project of love in mind for us."

The Daily Galaxy via washingtonpost.com and iht.com

Comments

So funny, that when Genesis reads as everything they said was a lie we still post this as a "Blog" on a science website. Please guys. Important news only. When will we leave the clutches of Religion and realize that there is more to us that we never appreciated before!

"Faith and reason are like the shoes on your feet – you can go further with both than with either by itself.”

lol at religion always changing their views just to stay "hip"

The god this catholic priest says he believes in has nothing to do with the biblical god. It's actually a deist god. Catholics are becoming deists in order to maintain their beliefs as science proves all they preached along the ages was bullshit.

There was a time when catholics burned self proclaimed deists. How come they don't do it today anymore? They'd all have to jump in the fire by themselves!

Really? I wonder...how would the Catholics feel if they discovered the perversions committed by their people and the lust for power over people was happening by the influence of wicked ones that was trying to invade and take over this nation in particular? And; if this is true, than it always has been and the wicked ones were labeled as 'demons' in the biblical days. But I guess nobody really remembers the details of this history. As the Bible simply gives a broad overview of what was happening that would have filled GOD-knows HOW MANY books if they had. Do the Catholics know what has been hidden from us about our history for so long? Is this the tool that keeps them in power? ....I really, really am wondering....

Welp, that explains all the anal probing.

"Really... Commander? ::sigh:: Probing Uranus..."

I'm just glad that the Asari let me probe back. ;D

Yeah, except that the gods of old are ETs in disguise.

Gato-Rivera goes on to note that to "appreciate the genius of Bruno one has to take into account that he lived at a time when more than 99% of the intellectuals believed that the Earth was the center of the Universe, and a few others, like Copernicus and Galileo, believed that it was the Sun, instead, at the center of the Universe, and the stars being some bright heavenly bodies of an unknown nature."

Gee.... I wonder how many of the 99% actually disbelieved that the Earth was the center of the universe and kept quiet knowing to believe otherwise would lead to being publicly burnt at the stake after eight years of torture and dungeon detention.

Hypocrisy has always been a mainstay of the Catholic Church.

These top religious people believe the Universe has to made the way THEY think God made it...ridiculous. It is Man that has to adapt to the realities of this Universe, not the other way around.

These top religious people believe the Universe has to be made the way THEY think God made it...ridiculous. It is Man that has to adapt to the realities of this Universe, not the other way around.

interesting how Funes refers to other creatures evolving to a point beyond humans and yet he says we are created. Evolution implies randomness. Creation implies design.
What is it, evolution or design? It can't be both. If other creatures more complex than us are out there and we are made in God's image, than it looks like we got cheated and God cheated us. What is it Funes? I guess God's image isn't the ultimate.

nephilim/fallen angels

It is interesting that "free thinkers" have an easier time believing in aliens life on other planets evolving from whatever over billions of years after a big bang than an intelligent creator.

And as an extra, The Roman church is not Christian. It is pagan.

I would agree with the above post. It's rude to say, but Catholicism DOES NOT represent Christian opinion. Science isn't proving jack. People can call anything science just like I can call rat poison real food. To know we aren't the center of the universe we would have to know where the edges are, if there are edges. Does science now that? Theories are always called fact when it agrees with humanism. Many Athiest and Agnostics have come to the conclusion "aliens" and their ships are hyper dimensional. Not from other planets. It's a deception folks.

Extraterrestrial evidence or Atlantis evidence

Almost all the images you see in this video have a size of 0.5 millimeter to 1 millimeter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6SG2k9giU0

In this video you can see the two metal objects at actual size:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6X13C_NcBw

Location of images in the sphere.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSbOq-YNbvo

What is your opinion?


I never read so interesting posts,thank your sharing

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