A Department of Defense (DoD) report, expected to be declassified in June, did not rule out the possibility of UFOs, but as more incidents are being acknowledged: Would the discovery of aliens threaten religion?
A US government report on sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), more commonly referred to in the military by a newer term Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) has been completed. While the declassified version of the report is due to be handed to lawmakers in June, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued some preliminary statements.
Recently, several videos have been released that show flying craft making maneuvers that defy the known capabilities of aerial technology.
Last year, military task force was established to create the report and help the DoD “improve its understanding” of UAPs and determine whether they posed a threat to national security, the BBC reported.
A statement issued on Friday, according to officials, said that no definitive assessment about what the objects might be has been established. The report allegedly found no evidence of alien activity but does not rule it out. A review of 120 incidents is anticipated to conclude that, in most cases, no US technology was involved in the UAP sightings.
Many people have predicted that if alien life were discovered it would nullify religion, particularly the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) since their religious texts make no mention of the existence of life anywhere on Earth or beyond.
However, not all religious leaders see it that way – especially Pope Francis.
In May 2014, according to reports on Vatican radio, Pope Francis indicated he would be willing to baptize aliens.
“Who are we to close doors?” The Pope said. He likened it to a story in the Bible about the conversion of the first pagans to Christianity, the Independent UK reported.
In another interview in October of 2015, Pope Francis again discussed the subject of whether there could be life on other planets. He was asked if there could be thinking beings elsewhere in the universe, OC Catholic reported.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t know how to answer,” Pope Francis replied. “Until America was discovered, we thought it didn’t exist – and instead – it existed.”
“But in every case I think that we should stick to what the scientists tell us, still aware that the Creator is infinitely greater than our knowledge,” the Pope continued.
Francis added that, one certainty he held about the universe, was that it is the result of divine intelligence and “is not the result of chance or chaos.”
In a May 2021 interview, the so-called “pope’s astronomer,” Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, head of the Vatican Observatory, commented on the recent increase in alleged evidence regarding potential alien life and spacecraft.
Consolmagno was asked if he would be willing to baptize an alien.
“Only if she asked,” Consolmagno replied. He went on to say that the Catholic intellectual tradition would have absolutely zero problems with the idea of intelligent life on other planets, America Magazine reported.