The Pentagon will make public a report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, commissioned last year by the Trump administration, and confirmed by the current one. So much expectation between those who wait for confirmation of the existence of extraterrestrials, and those who think that they are advanced technologies of other world powers, rivals of the United States.
Last year, the French Defence Innovation Agency created a «red team» to recruit science fiction authors and screenwriters by engaging them in «designing and returning operational, technological or organizational disruption scenarios» to imagine the conflicts of the future in a well-defined period: 2030-2060.
In the United States, after decades of denial, the Pentagon created last year the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) division, for «identify, analyse and catalogue unidentified air phenomena that could pose a threat to US national security». UAP is the new acronym that replaces UFO, and includes a broader category of phenomena.In Japan there are specific guidelines for military pilots in the event of meetings with Uaps; in Argentina, Israel and other countries there have been official admissions of contacts.
In China in the second half of last year, in full pandemic, the NAOC, China’s National Astronomical Observatory, opened to astronomers and physicists from the rest of the world the FAST, Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, a gigantic radio telescope built in the mountains in the southwest of the country from 2011 to 2016, to explore the universe and to study alien worlds and extraterrestrial life signals.
Added to this news is the strange signal from the star Proxima Centauri, which confirms the detection of «whispers» generated by unidentified intelligences.
We do not want to seem exaggerated or conspiracy, but those who live in contact with the boys, permanently connected to the game Fortnite, understand that they are developing a reactive ability unimaginable for us adults, to hit with an extreme speed all bodies in motion. I am in contact with players all over the world, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, state, language, social status, culture and religion. Continuous world tournaments select the best players by granting them important prizes. An application made available to everyone and constantly updated that never seems to have connection problems, even when other important programs go haywire. A constant training to combat. Developers and dataminers have released details about the imminent arrival of Ufos in Fortnite Season 6, with «crop circles» and abductions of players by aliens. Extraterrestrials should be the undisputed protagonists of the next Season 7.
As for the search for the possibility of life beyond the Earth in 2020 was published by Princeton University Press the book «Alien Oceans: the Search for Life in the Depth of Space» by Kevin Hand, astrobiologist of NASA. Attention is focused on a satellite of Jupiter called Europe, which also thanks to the presence of an ocean, would have very similar living conditions to those of our Earth. To this project alludes the film by George Clooney «Midnight sky», released late last year. A pair of astronaut scientists, waiting for a child, coming from a mission on a moon of Jupiter, can no longer return home, because the Earth not properly guarded is about to implode; must change course and take refuge precisely on that exoplanet to protect life and give hope to humanity.
Another stated goal by American tycoons is to reach Mars and then build human-inhabitable cities there.
From a theological point of view it is necessary to intervene soon, «primerear», developing a theology «of the extreme borders» (Rom 10:16).
It would be appropriate to resume the studies of theologians such as Teilhard de Chardin, who had highlighted the importance of the subject. The book by Armin Kreiner «Jesus, Ufos and Aliens» and the studies of the theologian and astronomer Tanzella Nitti and the Jesuit fathers of the Vatican Observatory, including José Gabriel Funes and Guy Consolmagno, aroused great interest some years ago. Today it is essential to confront and dialogue at length with the scientists who have taken care of the developments of research on the cosmos, overcoming mutual distrust.
If the US report confirms the real possibility of relating to intelligent creatures other than ourselves, theology would pose difficult issues related to Christology (incarnation and salvation in Christ) and anthropology.
Christ entered the creation making himself one of us, he chose man and the Earth. Geocentrism and anthropocentrism have been based on this mystery for a long time, which unfortunately sometimes caused a lot of pain. Christ teaches us kenosis to show us the dignity of all men and also of creatures other than ourselves. Christcentrism, in the dimension of encounter and communion with Him, goes beyond the confines of the Earth, and is also possible for intelligent creatures other than ourselves. Being a man for Christ is the way, service, not privilege and dominion.
People belonging to the world powers who will perhaps meet other beings, representing humanity, must show a relationality and acceptance without limits, not the pride of the human species.
The theological problems related to the discovery of new planets where life is possible (astrobiology), refer mainly to anthropology and the care of creation. Humanity must definitively overcome the «predatory» vision, as unfortunately happened in the past. Faced with «new lands», «conquest» and «colonization» were justified, often relying on a false Christology, with the mistake of blessing the «weapons of war». Now there is added the explicit intention of selfishness of the powerful and the rich, who instead of protecting the Earth, exploit it to the point of no return and ensure the possibility of taking possession of other planets for their survival. The poor excluded from these predatory games, without a vigorous intervention, even theological, on consciences and intentions, are destined to remain discarded.
How to relate to the wonderful discovery of habitable exoplanets, where life can develop, and to the enriching encounter with intelligent creatures to host and not to fight, we are shown in the Scriptures: «The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands» (Ps 19:1). Christ, King of the Universe, teaches all men and all creatures to welcome and love one another.
* Fr. Paolo Scarafoni and Filomena Rizzo teach Theology together in Italy and Africa, in Addis Ababa. They are authors of books and articles of Theology
Source : https://www.lastampa.it/vatican-insider/en/2021/06/08/news/theology-of-the-extreme-borders-1.403671581079