Intelligent Aliens Are God’s Children

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The Pope’s astronomer defines god’s children. Brother Guy Consolagno, a planetary scientist, Jesuit brother and sci-fi enthusiast spoke at the British Science Festival at Aston University, Birmingham, last year.

I was cheered to see a comment by the Pope’s astronomer, that “intelligent aliens are God’s children.” How kind. Which makes me wonder what about an unintelligent alien? Is he the work of the devil?  He has an answer for that too: “Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.” Are we including amoebas here too?

Surprisingly, about the definition of a soul, he said, “Going back to the Middle Ages, the definition of a soul is to have intelligence, free will, freedom to love or not to love, freedom to make decisions.” Assuming that the Church considers every human to have a soul, I wonder why the Church isn’t interfering in our present Big-Brother-is-Watching-You Age. Hasn’t the Church caught up to the reality of repression, infringements, terror, violation of human rights, absurd rules, regulations and fear wielding implementations against humanity? Rather, we hear that the good brother would be “delighted if we found life elsewhere and delighted if we found intelligent life elsewhere.” I do understand that, as the Catholic Church could then recruit new members…

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