I am reading the book: Amin Maalouf: Les Identités meurtrières, livre de poche, Grasset, speaking also about the ORIGINAL SIN. Wanting to know what is told about, I find on en.wikipedia: Original sin, and in a sub-file:
Original sin and extraterrestrials: … In an interview entitled “Aliens Are My Brother”, granted to L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, Father José Gabriel Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, stated: “In my opinion this possibility (of life on other planets) exists”; “intelligent beings, created by God may exist in outer space” and “some aliens could even be free from original sin” concluding “there could be (other beings) who remained in full friendship with their creator”. The idea that on other planets beings could exist in an unfallen state was explored by C. S. Lewis in his novel Out of the Silent Planet.
And on 5 March 2009, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, another astronomer working at the Vatican Observatory, told the BBC, in relation to the search for Earth-like worlds about to be embarked upon by the Kepler Space telescope, that “we Jesuits are actively involved in the search for Earth-like planets. The idea that there could be other intelligent creatures made by God in a relationship with God is not contrary to traditional Judeo-Christian thought. The Bible has many references to, or descriptions of, non-human intelligent beings; after all, that’s what angels are. Our cousins on other planets may even have their own salvation story – including other examples of the incarnation of the second person of the Trinity. We are open to whatever the Universe has for us.”
With regard to the attribution to “the Vatican” of similar statements by individuals working for the Holy See, official spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, also a Jesuit, published on 21 February 2009 a declaration that they must not be mistaken for statements of the Holy See— they are only statements of this individual Jesuit priest …;
Links – finally I surfed also on the following Websites:
Out of the Silent Planet on en.wikipedia is a science fiction novel by the British author C. S. Lewis, published in 1938 by John Lane, The Bodley Head. Five years later it was published in the U.S. (MacMillan, 1943). Two sequels were published in 1943 and 1945, completing the so-called Cosmic Trilogy or Space Trilogy.[a]
Vatican Observatory, (Specola Vaticana) is an astronomical research and educational institution supported by the Holy See. Originally based in the Roman College of Rome, its headquarters are now in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, and an observatory at the Mount Graham International Observatory in the United States;
History: The Church has had long-standing interests in astronomy, due to the astronomical basis of the calendar by which holy days and Easter are determined …;
- Archaeoastronomy: is the study of how people in the past “have understood the phenomena in the sky, how they used phenomena in the sky, and what role the sky played in their cultures.”
- Catholic Church and science#Vatican Observatory: … is an astronomical research and educational institution supported by the Holy See.
Current Church doctrine: In his 1893 encyclical, Pope Leo XIII wrote “no real disagreement can exist between the theologian and the scientist provided each keeps within his own limits. . . . If nevertheless there is a disagreement . . . it should be remembered that the sacred writers, or more truly ‘the Spirit of God who spoke through them, did not wish to teach men such truths (as the inner structure of visible objects) which do not help anyone to salvation’; and that, for this reason, rather than trying to provide a scientific exposition of nature, they sometimes describe and treat these matters either in a somewhat figurative language or as the common manner of speech those times required, and indeed still requires nowadays in everyday life, even amongst most learned people” ?!?!?! …;
- Guy Consolmagno: Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ (born September 19, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan), is an American research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory; See also, External links;
- Index of Vatican City-related articles: (0-9, A-Z);
- Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action: See also: Divine Action and Modern Science;
- Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope: See also, External links;
- The Vatican’s Observatory and the ‘God Particle’, 2.34 min, uploaded by romereports, August 3, 2012;
- A Vatican scientist, uploaded by Catholic News Service, Hune 24, 2012: Part 1, 5.00 min, Part 2, 4.02 min;
Head of Vatican Observatory welcomes success of Mars landing, on Vatican Radio, August 6, 2012 … for audio, click on link down the text;
(Jesuits) / Society of Jesus on en.wikipedia (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J., SJ or SI) is a Christian male religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church. The members are called Jesuits …; See also, External Links.