Vatican astronomer says if aliens exist, they may not need redemption
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(11-13-2009, 12:48 AM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: Let's assume first that there could be "significant beings" in other worlds who passed the original test and remained in friendship with God. Then the Vatican astronomer would be right. They wouldn't need redemption and would probably be living in some blessed, glorified state similar to what we will experience after the final resurrection.

Now let's assume they failed the test. Forget the idea of "significant beings" becoming incarnate angels or incarnate devils. Angels (blessed and fallen) are a species of their own. Psalm 8 says that we (earthlings) were made little less than the angels. What if those on other planets were made a little less or a little greater than us? That would make the consequences of their fall greater or lesser than ours.

I can't fathom the ramifications of that. I can only see one God Incarnate, one Savior, the Alpha and the Omega, who will come again to judge the living and the dead. He came to our planet and "dwelt amongst us." That would be a tough act to keep duplicating if other worlds needed redemption too. Not impossible, mind you, for nothing is impossible with God. But it would seem unnecessary, and - pardon the expression - an overkill, too much of a good thing. I hope that doesn't sound disrespectful. 

As for your last question, I don't think the Church has any responsibility towards so-called extraterrestrials. When Jesus told His apostles to go into the whole world and preach the Gospel, I'm assuming He meant our planet Earth. Our planet provides enough water for Baptism and enough grain and wine for the Eucharist. If extraterrestrials exist and if they need redemption, I'm sure God will provide a way that is just right for them.

- Lisa

Your post leads me to think it's very difficult to reconcile the existence of non-human significant beings with Catholic theology.  If they exist, they couldn't have fallen because of the exclusively human focus of the Incarnation and Redemption and so would be very glorious beings to behold and interact with.  If they fell, then they would be like demons, without access to God's mercy and merciless to His creation.  They would be like mortal bodies containing damned souls.  There is some evidence of the existence of this type of being if even ONE of the many abduction cases are true events.

There is a short story written by a Carmelite nun called "Beyond the End."  In it, she explored the above idea; not too deeply, though, because its at an adolescent reading level.  Very interesting read if you can find it.
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Re: Vatican astronomer says if aliens exist, they may not need redemption - by Zakhur - 11-13-2009, 11:07 AM



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