Dr. Guy Consolmagno divides his time between Tucson, Arizona, . So it’s a religious statement to say the physical universe is worth devoting my life to. Earth and to search for life elsewhere, including other intelligent life. Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ (born September 19, ), is an American research astronomer, Jesuit religious brother, and Director of the Vatican Observatory, and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Contents. 1 Life; 2 Bibliography; 3 See also; 4 References; 5 External links Catholic belief and the search for extraterrestrial intelligent life (Catholic. “The countless worlds in the universe are no worse and no less of them, Brother Guy Consolmagno, said he’d be “delighted” if alien life were.
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Retrieved September 18, He suggested that the likely discovery — whether next month or a millennium from now — will be received much the way that news of planets orbiting far off stars has filtered in since the s.
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In addition to his continuing professional work in planetary science, he has also studied philosophy and theology.
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A planetary scientist who has studied meteorites and asteroids as an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory sinceBrother Consolmagno said he hopes the questions about life on other planets will focus inyelligent on how humanity sees itself.
Does God arrange things? He also is planning the Vatican Observatory Foundation’s first Faith and Astronomy Workshop for clergy, religious and laypeople working in parish education.
The longtime Vatican astronomer addresses the same question and a series of others that cross gut threshold between science and religion in a new book, “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? Not all is as black and white as people imagine, and there’s no conflict between science and religion, Brother Consolmagno said. Inhe said, “Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationismwhich at the end of the day is a kind of paganism — it’s turning God into a nature god.
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Retrieved September 20, To request permission for republishing or redistributing of CNS content, please contact permissions at cns catholicnews. On July 2,he was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.
He was an invited participant in Scifoo in as well. In the interview, Consolmagno and Coyne discussed their distinct and intimate relationships with science and faith. Did God make that star? On Being with Krista Tippett. Lewis wrote about that in his live ‘Surprised by Joy.
A video of Brother Consolmagno discussing the possibility of discovering extraterrestrial lntelligent is online at youtu. Jesuit planetary scientist to head Vatican Observatory”. He believes in the need for science and religion to work alongside one another rather than as competing ideologies. This page was last edited on 5 Octoberat This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only.
Vatican astronomer: Just a matter of time until life found in universe
I get joy when I work with the poor, when I work with students, when I work with the elderly. The religious questions give you the framework that gives you the motivation to ask the science questions, gives consol,agno the confidence the science is going to work and explains to you why I get this excitement at holding a rock from outer space.
His research is centered on the connections between meteorites and asteroidsand the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Audio accessible to CNS Subscribers. On entry into the order, he was assigned as an astronomer to the Vatican Observatorywhere he also serves as curator of the Vatican Meteorite collectiona position he has held since then.
Views Read Edit View history. I get joy along with a sense of contentment and peace in a church in prayer.