The Vatican and Space Aliens

Theology and Extraterrestrials:

Introduction: In the Beginning…

Religion is linked to man’s preoccupation with the stars. The origins of contemporary religious belief can be traced back to primal man’s rudimentary perception of the natural world. Without the light and warmth of the sun there was no life, as such the sun earned primary importance as an object of worship. Even today on the 25th of December we mark the ancient pagan celebration of Sol Invictus—the Unconquered Sun.

Over time, early man learned to mark the cycles of the seasons and how they related to a predictable progression of star patterns in the night sky. Remembrance of these star progressions were, at first, passed on as allegorical myths and fables that became cultural oral traditions. Later with the advent of the written word, these recorded traditions eventually became dogma, and after many centuries much of the original intent was lost. These sacred allegorical stories themselves eventually overshadowed the astronomical meaning originally intended, and evolved into rigid, elaborate orthodoxies.

The ancient pagan cultures revered the sun as a virile, masculine god, but many worshipped the earth itself as the sun’s feminine companion. They recognized the nurturing fertility of the Earth was the cradle of life.

But were the Sun, Moon and stars of the zodiac the only celestial objects to capture the imaginations of primitive cultures?  Did ancient humans encounter ‘gods’ from the sky as well?


Did ancient cultures indulge their astronomical mythologies to absurd proportions by inventing a bizarre array of supernatural gods, or were these mythologies the product of actual interaction with extraterrestrials?

It’s fairly easy to dismiss some archeological evidence of primitive man’s possible interaction with extraterrestrials as imaginative cave art graffiti, but as massive icons of powerful, sophisticated, state-sponsored theocracies it becomes another matter entirely. In fact the very word “Babylon” means “Gateway of the Gods”.

Consider for example, the massive winged-bull sculptures from ancient Babylon. Did the gods or extraterrestrials actually take such bizarre shape? Or could such a representation be a code in stone? Could this code simply reveal that: flying-gods came from the constellation Taurus? Some traditions insist that an advanced space-faring civilization does exist in the Aldebaran star system of Taurus

The primary challenge to discern fact from fiction when it comes to bronze-age accounts of extraterrestrial encounters is language—semantics.  The ancients had no vocabulary to describe sophisticated high-tech flying machines, if in fact that’s what they were seeing. The most advanced mechanical transportation device of that time was a chariot.

Consequently, might they not describe a UFO—which they would perceive to themselves as a “transportation device”, be a kind of “chariot”?   How would the ancients describe an automobile? A helicopter—mechanical devices our contemporary culture takes for granted.  

But not all of these supernatural encounters involved ‘flying chariots’ or UFOs. Some biblical accounts suggest a subtle, but deliberate agenda of extraterrestrial social engineering of the human population by supernatural entities capable of magically manipulating physical reality.


The Holy Bible: King James Version.  The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis 11:

“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”

Was the extraordinary rise of human civilization in itself evidence of extraterrestrial social engineering?

“My sense is that we’re missing a huge part of the human story. I think it’s quite possible, indeed probable, that we are a species with amnesia; that we’ve lost the record of our story going back thousands of years before so-called history began, and I think if we could go back into that dark epoch we would discover many astounding things about ourselves.”

[Graham Hancock Researcher/Author]

Overt bronze-age interaction with extraterrestrials seems to diminish as human cultures grew more sophisticated. Over time encounters with sky-gods dwindled into obscure myths and eventually religions. And consequently these orthodoxies gained powerful political sway over the many ethnic regions of the Middle East. Ultimately, it was the Empire of Rome that rose to dominate and consolidate political and religious authority over the entire Mediterranean world.


The Roman Empire emerged from the Roman Republic when Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar transformed it from a republic into a monarchy. Rome reached its zenith in the 2nd century, after which its fortunes slowly declined.

During this time the teachings of a young rabbi name Yeshua [Jesus], in the mid-1st century flourished into a popular sect called Christianity. Originating in Judea, it quickly spread to Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor and Egypt. Ultimately over a few centuries it grew to such proportion and influence that by the end of the 4th century, it had become the official state church of the Roman Empire, replacing all other forms of religion practiced under Roman Rule.


By the late 3rd century, the city of Rome no longer served as an effective capital for the Emperor and various cities were used as new administrative capitals.  Emperor Constantine entirely rebuilt the eastern city of Byzantium after a siege, renaming it Constantinople. It was to become the largest and most powerful city of Christian Europe in the early Middle Ages.

Scholars debate whether Constantine actually adopted his mother’s Christian faith in his youth, or whether he adopted it gradually over the course of his life. Constantine retained the title of pontifex maximus until his death, a title emperors bore as heads of the pagan priesthood. According to Christian writers, Constantine was over 40 when he finally declared himself a Christian, and that he believed he owed his successes to the protection of the Christian High God alone. Other traditions insist that only upon Constantine’s death bed was he finally baptized as a Christian.

Constantine held firm to his pagan traditions by instructing that Christians and non-Christians should be united in observing the venerable day of the sun, referencing the sun-worship that Emperor Aurelian had already established as an official cult.

The reign of Constantine established a precedent for the position of the emperor as having great influence and ultimate regulatory authority within the early Christian councils of that time. Constantine himself disliked the societal instability that religious disputes and controversies brought with them, preferring where possible to establish a stable orthodoxy.

One way in which Constantine used his influence over the early Church councils was to establish a consensus over the often debated and argued issue concerning the nature of God. In the year 325 he summoned the Council of Nicaea, effectively the first Ecumenical Council. The result of which was to establish the first, uniform Christian doctrine, called the Creed of Nicaea. With the creation of this creed, a precedent was established for subsequent local and regional councils of Bishops to create statements of belief and canons of doctrinal orthodoxy— the intent being to define a unity of beliefs for the whole of Christendom.  And to this day, the Vatican in Rome serves as the exclusive repository and custodian of these officially established Christian beliefs.

By the year 380 Emperor Theodosius I officially established Christianity as the state religion of the Roman Empire.


The Vatican; seat of Roman Catholic spiritual authority—survives as a curious institutional anachronism in the midst of Western Civilization’s modern, high-tech, space-age, materialistic world. And yet the leaders of the Vatican City-State in the heart of Rome, Italy hold sway over one billion of it faithful followers world-wide. The tradition of Papal authority reaches far back into history and the lost glory of ancient Rome when the Caesars ruled as Pontifex Maximus over their vast empire.

          From its inception, the Vatican established itself as the unchallenged, infallible authority of all knowledge, both secular and spiritual. The church defined a world-view declaring the Earth was flat and that all the cosmos revolved around it, elevating the Pope himself to the high pinnacle as God’s Vicar--custodian of all wisdom and knowledge. As such, any challenge to the Vatican’s established orthodoxy, terrestrial or otherwise, was deemed an unpardonable heresy.

In 1600 philosopher Giordano Bruno proclaimed his belief in a “plurality of worlds” suggesting the possibility of extraterrestrial life--or ‘aliens’. The church adamantly refuted his theories and burned Bruno as a heretic.

          In 1615, Galileo, whose tireless research later earned him the reputation as “Father of Modern Science”, was tried by the Inquisition for publicly stating his belief that the Earth revolved around the sun--a theory declared “false and contrary to Holy Scripture”.

Galileo stubbornly held to his conclusions, and by 1632 the Inquisition ordered him to recant his heresies. Ultimately he was not executed, but he was held under house arrest for the remainder of his life.

          As late as 1992, Pope John Paul II made an apologetic attempt to redeem Galileo, by stating his persecution was an error of "…tragic mutual incomprehension."—a weak apology still woefully short of fully vindicating Galileo’s scientific research.

          Despite the seeming inflexible posture of church doctrine against the possibility of alien worlds, sacred art contains enigmatic suggestions that perhaps the Vatican was more aware of extraterrestrials than it would ever admit publically.

As well what secret knowledge might the Vatican Library conceal about phenomena such as the “Miracle of the Sun” in Fatima, Portugal in 1917? Was it a genuine apparition of “Mother Mary” or was it a UFO?      

The age old clash between theology and science continues to haunt the Church to this day. Even the recent film “Angels and Demons” sharply portrays the dilemma of a Church struggling to maintain relevance in a modern technological world.


The Protestant Reformation

By the 16th century Vatican authority was seriously challenged by the protestant reform movement. But an inspired Spanish warrior/monk, Ignatius Loyola, mounted a powerful anti-reformation movement to defend the church.

Serving as a young soldier, Loyola was wounded in the leg at the siege of Pamplona and was obliged to undergo a long convalescence, during which he became profoundly influenced by the “Alumbrados”, a gnostic Talmudic sect--but despite his affiliations with this heretical cabbal, Loyola and a handful of followers formed “The Society of Jesus” in 1539, which later became known as the Jesuit Order.

Loyola had been well educated. Between 1524 and 1537, he studied theology and Latin in Spain and then in Paris. Loyola insisted on an extremely high level of academic preparation for its members. As an evangelical missionary order, the Jesuits advocated education and established colleges and universities as vital components to their ministry. From the very beginning these Jesuit schools became such an influential part of Catholic reform that this novel Jesuit enterprise was later called "a rebirth of the infant church".

Jesuits were always deeply involved in scholarship, science and exploration. By 1750, thirty of the world's one hundred and thirty astronomical observatories were run by Jesuit astronomers and 35 lunar craters have been named to honor Jesuit scientists. The so-called "Gregorian" Calendar was the work of the Jesuit Christopher Clavius, the "most influential teacher of the Renaissance".

Jesuits were called the schoolmasters of Europe during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, not only because of their schools but also for their pre-eminence as scholars. During their first two centuries the Jesuits were involved in an explosion of intellectual activity, and were engaged in over 740 schools.

Today the Jesuits are the largest order of priests and brothers within the Catholic Church. And it is the Jesuit Order within the Church that is presently becoming more openly candid about the subject of Extraterrestrial life…!


Actually one of the most significant stumbling blocks to open discussion and acceptance of extraterrestrials is theology. Western Civilization still clings to a world-view based on Judeo-Christian values, established as a rigid orthodoxy of the ethic--“Thou shalt have no other gods before me!”

This authoritarian mandate still holds sway over fundamentalist religion views worldwide. Significant numbers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and even Muslim adherents retain an “Old Testament” view of cosmology that does not readily accommodate the notion of intelligent life existing elsewhere in space.

Even in 1961 when the Brookings Institution filed its famous briefing to the U.S. Congress, that examined the potential social impact of extraterrestrial discovery precipitated by NASA’s manned and unmanned space projects, religious issues figured prominently. The report flatly stated the two groups that would be most negatively impacted by the reality of ETs, were fundamentalist religions and orthodox science. To avoid social ‘disintegration’ the report recommended that ET disclosure be withheld from the general public.


In point of fact we exist in a cosmos that is emergent-not static and certainly not bound by authoritarian structures or Papal decrees, and the challenge of an ET reality could burst upon us at any time. Christian followers lacking adequate preparation and conditioning for such an eventuality could plunge the Church into a crisis in faith of unprecedented proportions--perhaps resulting in the total collapse of Vatican authority altogether!

Obviously aware of such a possibility, to preserve its credibility and minimize the negative social impact of an ET ‘Revelation’, a pro-active public dialogue has been initiated by Vatican astronomers in recent years.…

In November of 2009 the Vatican hosted a conference on “ASTROBIOLOGY”. Pierre Lena, a French astrophysicist and member of the Pontifical Academy who pressed for the astrobiology conference clearly stated:

          "Astrobiology is a mature science that says very interesting things that could change the vision humanity has of itself. The church cannot be indifferent to that."

Key-note speaker at the conference Dr. Chris Impey, astronomer from the University of Arizona predicted a forthcoming extraterrestrial disclosure saying, “…the first discovery is only a few years away.”

And some Vatican experts are even more explicit in embracing an extraterrestrial reality. Top Vatican astronomer Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno states, contemporary societies may soon “look to the Aliens to be the Saviors of humankind.” To illustrate the theological soundness of this possibility, Consolmago argues that humans are not the only intelligent beings God created in the universe, and, he says, these non-human life-forms are described in the Bible. He starts by pointing to angels then by referencing the Nephilim”and also quoting John 10:16, which says,

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” [John 10:16]

Fr. Christopher Corbally, Jesuit Vice Director for the Vatican Observatory Research Group [VORG] on Mt. Graham, AZ until 2012 believes our image of God will have to change if disclosure of alien life is soon revealed by scientists--including the need to evolve from the concept of an …“anthropocentric” God into a “broader entity”.

The late Monsignor Corrado Balducci [1923-2008] often appeared on Italian TV to talk about satanism, religion, and extraterrestrials. As an exorcist, theologian and member of the Vatican Curia and friend of the Pope—Balducci went perhaps furthest to state that ETs were not only possible but already interacting with Earth and that the Vatican’s leaders were aware of it.

Balducci flatly stated that extraterrestrial contact is real, and speaking as an official demonologist, he assured that extraterrestrial encounters, “…are not demonic, they are not due to psychological impairment, and they are not a case of entity attachment, but these encounters deserve to be studied carefully.”

As well, Balducci emphasised, “As God's power is limitless, it is not only possible but also likely that inhabited planets exist.”         


In a paper for the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science, Father Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti—an Opus Dei theologian of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome—explains just how we could actually be evangelized during contact with “spiritual aliens,”

“…as every believer in God would greet an extraterrestrial civilization as an extraordinary experience and would be inclined to respect the alien and to recognize that our different species both originate from the same Creator.”

According to Giuseppe, this contact by non-terrestrial intelligence would then offer new possibilities “…of better understanding the relationship between God and the whole of creation.”

Giuseppe states this would not immediately oblige the Christian

“…to renounce his own faith in God simply on the basis of the reception of new, unexpected information of a religious character from extraterrestrial civilizations.” but that such a renunciation could come soon after as the new “religious content” originating from outside the Earth is confirmed as reasonable and credible. “Once the trustworthiness of the information has been verified…” the believer would have to “…reconcile such new information with the truth that he or she already knows and believes on the basis of the revelation of the One and Triune God, conducting a re-reading [of the Gospel] inclusive of the new data.”

Father Jose Funes, a Jesuit astronomer, director of the centuries-old Vatican Observatory and also a driving force behind the Astrobiology conference, suggested that the possibility of "brother extraterrestrials" poses no problem for Catholic theology.

"…As a multiplicity of creatures exists on Earth, so there could be other beings, also intelligent, created by God. This does not conflict with our faith because we cannot put limits on the creative freedom of God."

In a 2008 interview Funes speculated upon the question of whether extraterrestrials would need to be redeemed, which he believes should not be assumed.

“God was made man in Jesus to save us,” [he says.] “If other intelligent beings exist, it is not said that they would have need of redemption. They could remain in full friendship with their Creator.”

Funes currently heads the VORG, [Vatican Observatory Research Group] and just as the new Pope Francis--Father José Gabriel Funes, is also from Argentina, where he entered the Jesuit order. In fact one of his three examiners was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio [Jesuit] who now reigns as Pope.

Funes, who astounded the world with his essay “The Alien is my Brother”, is famous for invoking St. Francis of Assisi as an apologetic for accepting ETs

In other words, Funes and the VORG are leading the charge to accept extraterrestrials at face value even arguing they could be morally superior to humans.


But not all Christian faithful are eager to embrace the ‘alien saviors’ posturing recently sounded by Vatican astronomers. In fact some view it with genuine suspicion. Author Thomas Horn in his book “Exo Vaticana” challenges the position of Father Josè Funes by pointing out that…

“…to NOT believe in the existence of the aliens and be willing to accept their morally superior dogma--that is going to be the true heresy of the future.

…So you will be a HERETIC if you are unwilling to accept this morally superior and NEW form of the Gospel.”

Catholic theologian Father Malachi Martin [1921-1999] [Former Jesuit], before his death in 1999, hinted at something like imminent extraterrestrial contact more than once. While on Coast to Coast AM radio in 1997 Art Bell asked Martin why the Vatican was heavily invested in the study of deep space at the Mt Graham Observatory?

As a retired professor of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Martin was uniquely qualified to hold in secret information pertaining to VATT. Martin’s answer ignited a firestorm of interest among Christian and secular UFOlogists when he replied, “Because the mentality…amongst those who [are] at the…highest levels of Vatican administration and geopolitics, know…what’s going on in space, and what’s approaching us, could be of great import in the next five years, ten years.”


Certainly serious Vatican study of astronomical science cannot be denied, considering its operation of “VATT”--Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope atop Mt. Graham in Wilcox, Arizona. As well the Vatican has one quarter interest in the new “Lucifer” infra-red binocular telescope on Mt. Graham also. It should be noted that the word “Lucifer” is Latin for “Light-bearer”.

State-of-the-art infrared observatories and explicit dialog referencing extraterrestrials as our “brothers” or moreover our “Saviors”, suggests Jesuit astronomers are preparing for some pending celestial event of major proportions!  

The Vatican holds spiritual authority over one billion faithful followers worldwide, yet that leadership status has been rocked in recent years by chronic pedophile scandals as well as the recent unprecedented resignation of Pope Benedict. So it seems unthinkable that the Church would abandon age-old dogmas on a whim, with reckless claims about friendly space aliens unless Vatican astronomers were convinced they had rock-solid substantiation. This certainly raises the questions about Vatican fore-knowledge concerning a possible celestial event, perhaps even return of the fabled “Planet-X” otherwise known as… Nibiru!  


In an exopolitical context it is worthy to note that when either secular or religious institutions hold sway over vast numbers of population they assume custodial management over the general perception of reality. Clearly this maintains social stability or the status quo, but as we have learned repeatedly with the UFO issue, the perceptions promoted by our managing institutions may not reflect a true version of reality.

As with our own national government, is it possible for the Vatican to reveal the ultimate truth about an alien reality without jeopardizing its own institutional integrity and authority?

But then, what single human organization could be better skilled to deal with an alien reality; an organization that has been intimately involved with the ‘Angels and Demons’ business--the supernatural--for more than a thousand years?  None other than the Vatican… The Church of Rome!

The Vatican and Space Aliens

James H. Nichols 2016




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