Jesuit fascination for alien life asks question, 'Is spirituality an evolutionary trait?'

Jesuit fascination for alien life asks question, ‘Is spirituality an evolutionary trait?’

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[Catholic Register] VATICAN CITY — More than two million people RSVP’d to a recent social media invitation to “storm” Area 51 in Nevada, in the hope of discovering whether alien life or spacecraft may be secretly stored at this U.S. Air Force base.

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Though the proposed raid was a spoof, it has morphed into a real, more peaceful encounter. Now dubbed “Alienstock,” the Sept. 20-22 festival is aiming to be a place “where believers gather” to discuss and celebrate confidence in the existence of alien life and the wonders of the unknown, according to its website, alienstockfestival.com.

But another brand of believers — a “Men in Black” of a spiritual kind — are the Pope’s own Jesuit astronomers. They have long been active in discussions about extraterrestrial life, the ethics of space exploration and the religious significance of a universe that could be teeming with life.

The huge amount of interest the general public has shown in life existing elsewhere in the universe is part of the age-old question, “Are we alone?” said Jesuit Fr. Jose Funes, former director of the Vatican Observatory and an expert in galaxies and extragalactic astronomy.

The fascination with seeking extraterrestrial life or intelligence “reflects very deep human issues that are important for us” and makes people think about “who we are,” he told Catholic News Service.

This article continues at [Catholic Register] Belief in aliens not so far out for some Catholics

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