A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the strange sequence of space news that has been going on, and just how truly strange it is when you stop and think about it. In fact, earlier this week I also pointed out how truly strange it is: NASA wants to send astronauts to an asteroid, but, at the same time, there is no government or private conventional heavy lift technology being developed to accomplish such an extraordinary, and long range, mission. It's "big talk" without the rockets to walk the talk. Is it therefore simply big talk? or a measure of the insanity of the age that astronauts are training to land on asteroids, while no public programs exist for a technology to get them there. And...oh yes, the Russians aren't helping either, and they do have the public technologies.
In the midst of all this high strangeness, more high strangeness, as the Vatican, you'll recall, weighed in with a suggestion that f it encountered aliens, they might not have to be baptized, since they might not have fallen. As you'll recall, I pointed out that there were difficulties with such a view, since on any traditional Christian interpretation of the fall of Man, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, or Orthodox, the fall is a cosmic event.
Now it seems Pope Francis has gently weighed in on the subject, indicating that, as far as he's concerned (and therefore, as far as the Papacy is concerned), there's no problem with extra-terrestrial baptisms:
While the Pope speaks of green beings with tentacles and long ears, I suspect there is something else going on here, and of course, it prompts to our usual "high octane speculations." We can gain a measure of those possible hidden concerns by pondering the other component of that "traditional doctrine of the Fall" and baptism issue, namely, that when previously the christian tradition was confronted by a similar situation with the discovery of the New World, it argued the same thing, even though it did not have any explanation at that time as to how Native American Indians came to the New World. To baptize them was an admission that somehow, they belonged to the same genus as the rest of man, as descendents of, as relations, of Adam and Eve.
I suspect, therefore, that there are those hidden within the Roman Church that have come to a similar conclusion, namely, that even though any extraterrestrials encountered by humanity, and how they relate to humanity, may not be explainable on the basis of current human historical or genetic knowledge, the precedent was established, and therefore, the Vatican may be subtly telling us that it may now have come to the position that we have "genetic cousins" out there, who, like us, might be hugely fallen, and who, like us, are in need of a huge forgiveness. And of course, the power play here shouldn't be ignored. For suppose "ET" in exchange for "baptism" offered a lot of really cool technology. Who better to entrust it to than to an institution with an historical, albeit spurious, claim to speak for God and all of humanity, Boniface VIII-Unam Sanctam style?
The Vatican, in short, can and does read the same ancient texts that we can, and it well knows all those legends of Annunaki, Nephilim, giants condemned to punishment... Francis merely let us in on a process of logic and speculation that may be operating very subtly within the world's oldest and most experienced political chancery...
...See you on the flip side...
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