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Catholic Theologians Disagree on
04 May 1996 20:30:28
95399 Catholic Theologians Disagree on
Sinfulness of Extraterrestrials
by Ecumenical News International
GENEVA--A Roman Catholic priest and theologian in Rome has called on his
church to consider the possibility of the evangelization of
extraterrestrial beings, according to published reports.
Following an announcement by two Geneva astronomers that they had
discovered a planet in another solar system similar to ours, Piero Coda, a
theology professor in Rome, told the Vatican, "If life were to be found on
the planet, then it would also have been contaminated by original sin and
would require salvation."
However, a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University said that
extraterrestrial beings might not need redemption.
"We know that earthmen sinned, but we know nothing of beings in other
worlds," the unnamed university professor said.
Early in October, Michel Mayor and Dider Queloz, two Swiss astronomers
of the Geneva Observatory, said that they had discovered a planet about the
size of Jupiter in the constellation Pegasus. The planet, named 51 Pegasus,
is 40 light-years away from Earth. Despite some similarities with Earth,
51 Pegasus has a short year -- it orbits its sun in a mere 4.2 Earth-days.
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