Latest

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

02 Sep 2015 Middle East - Africa News No comments

Bishop in Swaziland seeks prayer, reflection after country's deadly truck accident

The bishop of the small, southern African kingdom of Swaziland has called for prayer and reflection in response to a road accident that killed as many as 65 you…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

24 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (7)

Is it possible for people of the same sex to marry each other?

Full Question Is it possible for people of the same sex to marry each other? Answer No. Gay (or homosexual) "marriage" is not really marriage at …

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

23 Jul 2016 Articles No comments

How St. Catherine Brought the Pope Back to Rome

In the pantheon of great women in Church history, pride of place should be accorded the young mystic from Siena, St. Catherine, whose feast we celebrate today. …

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

07 Oct 2016 News Comments (1)

Bishop urges Catholic schools to resist ‘ideology of gender’

But Bishop Davies said Catholics must welcome people who had difficulty identifying with their biological sex Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has warned Catho…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

05 Sep 2015 News USA Comments (1)

Mother Teresa, and the Denver priest who was her kindred spirit

Mother Teresa visited Denver, Colo. twice in the 1980s. Both times, one of her biggest fans was tasked with picking her up from the airport. Father Charles B…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

01 Jul 2015 Articles Resources No comments

Chewed or brewed: A brief history of Popes and coca leaves

Pope Francis received a delegation of the International Council of Christians and Jews in audience on June 30 and said that the Second Vatican Council’s documen…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

30 Sep 2016 News No comments

Pope Francis sets off on three-day visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan

The visit shows improved ties between the Holy See and the two former Soviet republics Pope Francis has set off on a three-day visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan.…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

11 Jan 2016 Q&A Comments (1)

Do animals have souls like human beings?

Full Question Do animals have souls like human beings? Answer Animals have souls--and so do plants. Does this answer sound like something out o…

Read more
An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

23 Sep 2016 News Comments (1)

St. Padre Pio helps dying newborn miraculously recover after 25 DAYS on life support

Three-month-old Caitlin Dooley suffered from a life-threatening heart condition since the day she was born. Just when the Dooley family began to lose hope, St. …

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

What’s the Catholic position on the existence of extra-terrestrial life?

Full Question

What’s the Catholic position on the existence of extra-terrestrial life?

Answer

There isn’t one, as such. Whether life exists on other planets is a scientific, not a theological, question. If life on other planets is ever discovered, there are theological questions which can be considered.

In his novel Perelandra C. S. Lewis speculated about the possibility of a fallen race (such as ours) influencing unfallen extra-terrestrials. We were affected by the fallen angel Satan. There’s nothing in the Bible to say humanity couldn’t have a similar effect on another race.

On the other hand, we might also play a part in the redemption of another race–a role in their salvation history. The good angels played an important part in ours (Mt 28:2-5; Acts 7:38, 53).

It’s possible God has set up multiple worlds, some fallen, some not, but there’s not the slightest scientific evidence he has. A few scientists, pandering to the tabloids, claim extra-terrestrials mustexist, based on the mathematical likelihood of other stars having planets, but their theories are scoffed at by nearly the entire scientific community.

The argument runs like this: If some of those planets have atmospheres like Earth’s, and if some of those Earth-like planets spontaneously generate amino acids, and if some of those amino acids result in higher life-forms, then intelligent life exists on other worlds. You’ll note a lot of “ifs” there.

To insist there must be intelligent life elsewhere in the universe is to overstate the case. It’s also theologically irrelevant because the central tenets of Christianity remain intact with or without little green men.










6 comments

  1. Joseph Webb Reply

    The Vatican acknowledged the existence of ET’s a while back.

  2. sarah cutter Reply

    I think that god has not stopped creating after all didnt jesus say in my fathers house there are many mansions I go there to prepare aplace for you .so in my opinion heaven must b spread all over the universe who knows wat the lord has in store 4 for us.

  3. marriuszek Reply

    demons demons demons.. no extraterrestrials..

    1. joanne ford Reply

      i agree its demons

  4. matt Reply

    I feel certain there is life out there. God created a universe so he probably didn’t limit it to us. It would not challenge my beliefs at all….only reinforce them!

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories