Vatican Astronomer on the Colbert Report

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The curator of meteorites at the Vatican, Guy Consolmagno, SJ was on the Colbert Report Tuesday to talk about the existence of extraterrestrials with Colbert. Consolmagno is author of a book about astronomy and its relation to the Catholic faith. Of course, Colbert handled the discussion in his own tongue-in-cheek joking manner, but Consolmagno was a good sport. This is just another in a series of public media events illustrating the Vatican’s position on the possibility of alien existence.

The Pope’s chief astronomer, Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, announced last May that belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life is not in conflict with faith in God. Last month, the Vatican held a 6-day international conference to examine the likelihood of finding extraterrestrials, and discussing the impact such a finding would have on faith in God. During the conference, many scientists presented on the scientific evidence available on the possibility that aliens exist.

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tacitus
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December 3, 2009 1:35 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this Colbert completly not funny and a terrible interviewer? Probably. Much of the humor of the interview is predicated on the fact that Colbert is taking exactly the position that many right-wing Christians take. I have had debates on religious message boards where these people say exactly the same thing as Colbert does. I can understand that you might not find him funny if you are either not familiar with right-wing politics in the US or sympathetic towards right-wing politics, but I find Colbert to be a constant source of amusement. I was very skeptical when the show first started that he could keep it up, but if anything, he has… Read more »
Savino
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Savino
December 3, 2009 12:27 PM

Am I the only one who thinks this Colbert completly not funny and a terrible interviewer?

Geez, the interview with Seth Shoastak was terrible and this one wasnt better.

astrofizix
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astrofizix
December 3, 2009 12:38 PM

I agree to some degree Savino, he does tend to take the comedy aspect of his show to the extreme, especially when interviewing such intellectuals as the vatican astronomer. But that’s why it’s on Comedy Central and not CNN. However it is nice to see the church taking some initiative. It seems they are coming to realize that they’re ancient ideals are crumbling under the power of science. It was only a matter of time.

Savino
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Savino
December 3, 2009 2:33 PM

@Tacitus:
My point isnt about the Priest or religion, is all about this Colbert.

I really think he isnt funny at all, look at John Stewart, he, at least, make me laugh a little. He is way much clever and sarcastic than this colbert guy, IMO!

Mike Jackson
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Mike Jackson
December 3, 2009 3:43 PM

” It seems they are coming to realize that they’re ancient ideals are crumbling under the power of science.”

I’m pretty sure that vast majority of the human population had the same “ancient ideal” that we are unique in the universe. Certainly all major religions.

Just taking a shot?

Dave24
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Dave24
December 3, 2009 3:56 PM
The Vatican is trying to hedge its bets should we discover alien life. It’s trying to maintain a monopoly on life in the Universe just as it tries to hold on Earth a monopoly on truth, morality, and expected human behavior. When science erodes the false, unfounded claims of religion, the new tactic employed by the religious is to usurp credit for the existence of science in the first place. Science came about in spite of religion: because science endorses critical thinking while religion discourages it. Life elsewhere in the Universe, which is statistically quite likely, shows that our genesis on this planet could very well be a routine occurrence, diminishing our objective significance. (In other words, it’s… Read more »
Dark Gnat
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Dark Gnat
December 4, 2009 6:34 AM

Politically correct hate?

lomitus
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lomitus
December 4, 2009 9:18 AM
I find it rather interesting that I keep seeing “a belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life is not in conflict with faith in God”…I’ve ran across this a few times recently. The problem is that it -does- seem to conflict with everything the collective entity known as “The Church” has been saying for several centuries now. I have to agree with Dave24 in that this really seems like nothing more than “the Vatican trying to hedge it’s bets”. The truth of the matter is that the Church has been so completely wrong about so many things particularly in regards to issues regarding our own planet…the Earth is -NOT- flat, the sun does -NOT- revolve around the Earth… Read more »
cobra
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cobra
December 4, 2009 10:40 AM

– SECRETS OF THE VATICAN: UFO’s in the Ancient Art… Messiah – His Spaceships… Vatican and Planet X…
– Pope’s star watcher to visit Nasa (12th February 2009) and talk aliens… The Vatican is to go head to head with Nasa over the possibility of life existing anywhere else in the Universe except Earth…
– FILM: UFOs in the Bible… How celestials assist humanity with extraterrestrial life… ABRAHAM… MOSES AND THE SPACESHIPS OF THE GODS… THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM MYSTERY:
http://cristiannegureanu.blogspot.com/2009/11/when-et-phones-pope.html

Torbjorn Larsson OM
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Torbjorn Larsson OM
December 6, 2009 12:23 PM

The truth of the matter is that the Church has been so completely wrong about so many things

Quite so.

Except for The Myth of the Flat Earth, since “1945 […] listed by the Historical Association (of Britain) as the second of 20 in a pamphlet on common errors in history.”

This age old viral originated in “the publication of Washington Irving’s fantasy The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus in 1828.”

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