THE VATICAN'S CHIEF ASTRONOMER AND EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE (Or the way christianity wants to believe about life) Kees Deckers August 2015 From around the 3rd of August onwards articles started to appear about the Pope's chief astronomer  "Father" José Funes confirming that the Vatican Observatory in Rome believes in life on other planets.  I will start with just two points made in three articles, which make me question what really and  actually has been said or what the interpreters and writers of these articles want themselves or their  readers to believe has been said. Or maybe they just write simply what they know their readers like  to read. Or last, but not least, they simply are not awake when they write doen their articles. Without  knowing that for sure if what is really said, I not only may make wrongful comments, but these  comments could lead at their turn to even more erroneous information.  Suffice it to say, MainStreamMedia as well as Alternative News Media both bring inaccurate and most  probably subjectively motivated information. On the basis of this information I, as reader, must choose  what to believe by reading one or preferably more articles about the same story. That being so, I will  mostly use one article, the article "Vatican chief astronomer believes in UFOs and aliens" by Frances  Mulraney, to show and tell something about the christians and the roman catholics in particular, which  drips through in their belief in the existence of intelligent life outside of Earth. And which explains their  extreme reluctance to change not only their belief, but also their attitude.  What is said by the interviewee and what is put down by the interviewer and/or rewriter of information?  The article "Vatican chief astronomer believes in UFOs and aliens" by Frances Mulraney, dated August 8, is difficult to believe if you compare  the title with the text. The title clearly states that José Funes, head astronomer of the Vatican believes in U.F.O.'s and E.T.'s. But the text of the  article does not. It even shows that Funes denies almost categorically the first possibility. That of U.F.O.'s, meaning E.T. civilisations, visiting  Earth. Funes even doubts it ever happening in the future. The article tells: "Considering the number of exoplanets discovered, it seems that the  vast majority of stars in our galaxy, at least potentially, can have planets where life could develop." However, despite the acknowledgement  that other life may exist, Fr. Funes does not believe that any close encounters of the third kind will be happening soon. "The discovery of the  new planet Kepler 452b revives the idea that contact and, why not, the encounter with extraterrestrial intelligent beings of an alien civilization  could happen in the near future. "It is probable there was life and perhaps a form of intelligent life … I don't think we'll ever meet a Mr.  Spock," he continues. "Personally I am very skeptical that this cosmic event actually happens."   And with regard to the second possibility, ExtraTerrestrial life somewhere out there, Funes, according to this article, only states what a part of  the scientific community also has started to believe and state. That because of the discovery the last few years of so many exoplanets on which  life may exist, the assumption that we on planet Earth are not alone in the Universe has become a much more valid one. That is how far as he  goes. And that is a very far cry from the statement by the writer in the title. The title is simply distorting the truth. So, how can I now believe  anything stated in the article?  I also have read two articles written by Netherlanders about the statements of Funes. The first is titled: "Vaticaanse hoofdastronoom gelooft in  UFO's en aliens", a literal translation of the title of Mulraney's article, and is dated August 10. But although some of the text looks like a  translation of Mulraney's article, there is also other information from elsewhere and probably from a few years old articles. It is for instance  stated, that:  "Just as there exist many different life forms on Earth, this is also possible elsewhere. This is not in conflict with our belief, because we cannot limit God's creative  freedom to one planet. As Francis of Assisi already stated: If we are brothers and sisters of each other on Earth, then ExtraTerrestrial families could belong to our creation  just as well".  Internet reference (10-08-15) (my own translation):  Now, I hope you can understand that I doubt very much that Francis of Assisi has stated this. He lived around the year 1200 and was a devoted  follower of a subcult of the christian faith. Of course, in those times there were humans who did believe in that possibility, but someone of the  doctrine of christianity? Yes, there is the so-called Canticle of the Sun, a prayer by Francis of Assissi, that talks about brothers and sisters. But  that does not state anything about ExtraTerrestrial life. So, I think that here another distortion of what has been stated by Funes has been put  down, be it purposefully or through sheer lack of being awake, as it is called today, or for another reason.  The third article: "Vaticaan: 'Er bestaat geen buitenaardse Jezus'" (Vatican: 'There exists no ExtraTerrestrial Jesus') on the website of  "" is dated August 3, and as you can see uses an entirely different title as the most intriguing enticement to read the article. Now, in  this article is stated about the same Francis of Assisi the following:  'Or to say it with the words of Francis of Assisi, if we consider some Earthly creatures as 'brothers' and 'sisters', why can we not also speak of an 'ExtraTerrestrial brother'? He too would be part of the creation', the cleric (Funes, red.) said. Internetreferentie (12-08-15) (my own translation):  Which seems to prove a distortion of the truth indeed is perpetrated by the writer of the article on "9 For News - Vrij en onafhankelijk nieuws".  Or is what is stated in ""'s article not correct?  What is said by the interviewee and what is put down by the interviewer and/or rewriter of information? I leave it up to you, as reader, to make  up your own mind.  Keeping them as far away as possible, if they exist  The Pope's chief astronomer Father Jose Funes has confirmed that the Vatican Observatory in Rome believes in life on other planets.  Despite once enforcing the belief that the Earth was the center of the Universe and the sun revolved around our planet instead of vice versa, it appears that the Vatican has  now relaxed its view on the role that mankind plays in the universe and acknowledges that further life may exist.  Internet reference (10-08-15):  Thus starts the article "Vatican chief astronomer believes in UFOs and aliens" by Frances Mulraney.  However, despite the acknowledgement that other life may exist, Fr. Funes does not believe that any close encounters of the third kind will be happening soon.     This last, of course, is only the belief of one human. Not of all christians and roman catholics among them. It is the belief of José Funes. Maybe  in part as part of the propaganda the Vatican wants to reach the rest of humanity. Making use of the public relations strategy of give a bit and  then take a lot. Funes has no proof. My advise to him is to not only look very far outwards, at the stars and their exoplanets, but to look also  much closer at home. Combining astronomy and archaelogy in the issue of visits made to Earth by ExtraTerrestrials at earlier times in the  existence of our planet is, for instance, a very wise action to take. Funes should start looking very attentively at many places on our own Earth,  where extremely old stone structures and ruins of buildings defy time and speak of one or more civilisations, which in very ancient times  seemed to use technologies already, which seem to rival those of humanity today.  What about those incredible stone ruins, what about the creativity, artistry and mastery of stone craft which can be found literally all over the  world, from high in the mountains to deep in seas and oceans? Were all these structures and sculptures made by human civilisations? Were  they made by humans visited by E.T.'s, as can be read in many ancient texts? ExtraTerrestrials not only visiting Earth, but also helping these  humans to put their first own steps on the long and still ongoing road to a civilised way of life? Or were they maybe even left by small groups of  ExtraTerrestrial civilisations, which for one reason or another lived on our planet temporarily or even until they died out? Many by science still  unexplainable artifacts and fossils have been found, from so-called o.o.p.arts to skeletons and skulls.  Out-of-place artifact (OOPArt) is a term coined by American naturalist and cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson for an object of historical, archaeological, or paleontological  interest found in a very unusual or seemingly impossible context that could challenge conventional historical chronology by being "too advanced" for the level of  civilization that existed at the time, or showing "human presence" well before humans were supposed to exist.  Internetreferentie (12-08-15):  If you have time and are intrigued, read also the rest of the above article on the English language Wikipedia. It is clearly written by a group of  skeptics with a "k". Meaning humans who don't doubt anything they want to believe in themselves. But accept nothing, that other humans  believe in or may even have proven, that does not fit their narrowed image and belief system of reality.  These skeptics believe in the same manner as the christians and the roman catholic church. They force themselves and others to believe what  they want to be true. As, for instance, the christians and roman catholics have forcefully believed for hundreds of years that other life does NOT  exist anywhere else in the universe. The entire universewas and is to them a dead place, with only one exception, Earth. By the way, I  personally would not call all of these artifacts out of place, but some of them out-of-time, belonging to a different time.  Funes should also start to listen much more closely to the many humans of today, who have encounters of the first, the second, the third and  even the fourth kind. Just like other humans seem to have those kinds of encounters with creatures, he and his church do want to believe in,  called angels and demons. Why would the one be true, although not proveable and the other not? That is forcing opinions and a system of belief  onto others. And it is about making oneself unjustly exceptional.  Meeting Mr. Spock  "It is probable there was life and perhaps a form of intelligent life … I don't think we'll ever meet a Mr. Spock," he continues. "Personally I am very skeptical that this  cosmic event actually happens."  Well, yes, I too am very sceptical about the cosmic event of actually meeting mr. Spock. But I am not sceptical at all about meeting an actual  intelligent ExtraTerrestrial one day. It is completely within logic and reason to me. And what Funes, as very knowledgeable roman catholic and  christian, I take it, must be aware of, is that he is doing the same here as his church has been doing for hundreds of years with regard to the  existence of life elsewhere in the universe. Being not only very sceptical, but with that also very dogmatic. Maybe he should rethink his very  sceptical viewpoint, before he and his church are proven wrong again. The danger of his attitude is, that it will put many humans on Earth, as  has been happening for ages already, into the same position as all the martyrs of his own belief system. The christians and in this case the  roman catholics should be much more careful about their "certainties" on the grounds of simple pig-headed belief. And Funes should be much  more careful of his "certainty" that this cosmic event of humans actually meeting intelligent ExtraTerrestrials will not take place, or has not  taken place many times already.  Maybe he and his church should be more honest and forthcoming when they are proven wrong. And really start thinking about what they belief  and propagate. It has taken them 380 years, according to the article, to revoke their condemnation of Galileo Galilei, one of the many victims  and martyrs of this belief system in just one male god.  Just 380 years ago, the Church condemned Galileo Galilei for arguing that the Earth was not the center of the universe. In 1992, Pope John Paul II revoked this  condemnation and apologized for the Catholic Church's conviction.   Or in their own jargon one of the many heretics, a term used to justify their own actions towards these humans as proper, lawful and even  glorious in the eye of this one male god. If this creator god does really exist, the roman catholic church has not done very well in his name, in  this case. And the question is in how many other cases they did not do as well either, and are, for instance, still propagating wrongful  condemnations in the name of this god.   Up Next page