Vatican scientists rule out the existence of an alien Jesus

Scientists are closer than ever to finding out the truth about life beyond Earth. Just last month, NASA excitedly discussed the potential of one exoplanet — Kepler 452b — that appears to be the most Earth-like planet ever confirmed outside of the solar system.

The Vatican is also excited about the prospect of finding alien life. But it has a few things to say on the subject first.

The Vatican’s robust astronomy program, run by an Argentinean Jesuit named Father José Gabriel Funes, is part of that search. The Vatican Observatory is headquartered in Italy at Castel Gandolfo, where the Pope has a summer villa. But it also operates a telescope at the Mount Graham International Observatory at the University of Arizona.

  • Dana Garcia

    Contemplating astronomical facts always fills my mind with the wonder of it all. But the cassocks are stuck on baptizing aliens and such. Odd.

    • Took them 500 years to forgive Galileo, I consider this progress;)

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        You know, once you read the real history of that event, Galileo did bring a lot of that on himself.
        It’s a long and convoluted story, but what got him in Dutch with the Pope was writing a book, advocating heliocentrism, in a dialog format that made fun of the very Pope that was somewhat his benefactor at the time.
        Well, until he started portraying him as a jackass, and then wouldn’t stop.
        Yeah, I think Galileo was kind of an ungrateful character.
        The Pope didn’t have a problem with heliocentrism, but wasn’t into getting made fun of.

        • Minicapt

          That, and his bout with the Inquisition involved them ‘requesting’ him to show his evidence, and his response being “I have spoken”.

          Cheers

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The fact that there may be forms of life on earth-like planets doesn’t mean that it is intelligent or advanced life. The appearance of homo sapiens was very recent in the earth’s history and it was only within my lifetime that we acquired the technical means to conduct this search.

    • It is all a wonder.

    • Brett_McS

      Even intelligent and advanced life doesn’t imply the sort of scientific civilisation required to break out from a planet. It was the ancient Greeks – and only the Ancient Greeks – that developed the scientific form of thinking we use as the basis for technology today. There were many other intelligent and advanced civilisations around at the time that never did make that leap, and probably never would have. The Chinese civilisation was intelligent and advanced for thousands of years and would have stayed that way for thousands more without developing radio and other technologies because although they developed gunpowder, for example, they couldn’t discover the science behind the technology to be able to take it further.

      If the Persians had broken through Thermopylae and destroyed the Greeks the Earth’s population to day would probably be in the millions and based on horse power.

      • El Martyachi

        …. so it’d be like NASCAR.

        • Brett_McS

          .. or Mad Max.

          • El Martyachi

            … which I recently watched (the remake) and enjoyed.

  • Edubeat

    Christians 1 vs. Aliens 0

  • andycanuck

    And the “Earth-like” planet isn’t all that Earth-like from the critiques I’ve read.

  • Canadian

    Because of the distances involved, it doesn`t really matter where there could be life outside of Earth.
    Unless Einstein had it all wrong and the speed of light is not the limit.
    So, saying hello and waiting a number of million years to get an answer is a nice hobby, but that is all.

    • Brett_McS

      Some of the most interesting scenarios that could actually work were originally thought up by the British astronomer and writer, Fred Hoyle. Most involve transmitting information (eg the design of a computer) rather than physical travel. This idea has subsequently been used in various movies. Contact was probably the best of them.

      • Canadian

        Information still cannot travel faster than light, so it would take thousands or millions of years to have a simple question and answer exchange.

        • Brett_McS

          Yes, but that is what the computer is for: to be the local stand-in for the remote intelligence. If you like well-written and interesting scifi have a look for A for Andromeda (also made into a BBC series).

          • Canadian

            I used to read sci-fi a lot, but no more time…

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    Humans will never be capable of conquering another dimensions , every human has only 5 % of intelligence to enter other worlds.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Wow!

    • I think I have about 12%.

      • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

        Here are the 5 senses we all have,we can feel, see, smell,heard and taste,if you have 12 what are the 6 more you have?

  • FactsWillOut

    So, real astronomers found massive black holes, dark matter, dark energy, and the Vatican’s have figured out that Jesus ain’t an alien.