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Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« on: November 10, 2009, 11:17:17 PM »
Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life

Four hundred years after it locked up Galileo for challenging the view that the Earth was the center of the universe, the Vatican has called in experts to study the possibility of extraterrestrial alien life and its implication for the Catholic Church.

"The questions of life's origins and of whether life exists elsewhere in the universe are very suitable and deserve serious consideration," said the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, an astronomer and director of the Vatican Observatory.

Funes, a Jesuit priest, presented the results Tuesday of a five-day conference that gathered astronomers, physicists, biologists and other experts to discuss the budding field of astrobiology — the study of the origin of life and its existence elsewhere in the cosmos.

Funes said the possibility of alien life raises "many philosophical and theological implications" but added that the gathering was mainly focused on the scientific perspective and how different disciplines can be used to explore the issue...

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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009, 07:01:06 PM »
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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009, 07:19:20 PM »
I'm not one to say nice things about the Catholic Church on a regular basis, but credit must be given where credit is due. I've actually been fairly impressed by the quality of scientists and science that seems to come out of the Vatican Observatory these days. This is combined with a rather progressive and open minded approach to scientific questions and a fostering of legitimate scientific discussion. Who, a few hundred years ago, could have guessed that the Vatican would be sponsoring seminars on astrobiology...heck, they were still burning people at the stake for suggesting it as a possibility.

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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2009, 08:59:52 PM »
You'd think that with all the crud going on in the Catholic Church they would have more important things to worry about than ET. It was just this kind of nonsense that brought me home to Orthodoxy.

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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2009, 09:28:37 PM »
^^  I'd have to disagree.  The pursuit of science and information about the nature of the universe (including extraterrestrial life) is one of the noblest of causes.
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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2009, 09:56:58 PM »
wow, what an icon!   :o

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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2009, 04:00:34 PM »
C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy was the best science fiction I ever read.

Join the crew, Hnau....read.
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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2009, 04:37:34 PM »
Well shucks, Vlad, your comment reminds me of this passage from the Bible...

"For though I be free from all men, yet have I will repeat myself to all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I said to become Orthodox, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, I said to become Orthodox, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, I said become Orthodox, that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak I said become Orthodox, that I might gain the weak: thus that all men might become Orthodox, because there's no way I'm engaging with the cultures around me, but I'll gladly extend an offer to become Orthodox to anyone who wants to convert. So if some will become Orthodox, they will be saved." - 1 Cor. 9:19-22

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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2009, 12:20:27 AM »
The Vatican's interest of late in the search for extraterrestrial life has paralleled the premier of "V".  Coincidence?  Nah... :D

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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2009, 02:56:33 AM »
You'd think that with all the crud going on in the Catholic Church they would have more important things to worry about than ET. It was just this kind of nonsense that brought me home to Orthodoxy.

I'm with Vlad.

We spend billions on space exploration while people starve to death here on earth.

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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2009, 08:56:45 AM »
The Vatican's interest of late in the search for extraterrestrial life has paralleled the premier of "V".  Coincidence?  Nah... :D

You mean "V" stands for Vatican?  ;D
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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2009, 03:36:00 PM »
E.T., phone Rome.
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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2009, 05:57:08 PM »
I believe in One God, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2009, 12:44:00 AM »
Don't need a college degree to know that there is plenty of alien life out here in California...
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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2009, 01:01:19 PM »
Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life...

... and finds them on an Orthodox web-forum.
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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2009, 09:05:32 PM »
Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life...

... and finds them on an Orthodox web-forum.


Thought they left some time back, better have my tinfoil mitre handy...
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Re: Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2009, 06:35:37 AM »
Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life...

... and finds them on an Orthodox web-forum.

Greetings,we come in peace!  :-*
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