Topic: the vatican and ET's

this website wrote:
Monsignor Corrado Balducci, a theologian member of the Vatican Curia (governing body), and an insider close to the Pope, has gone on Italian national television five times, including recent months, to proclaim that extraterrestrial contact is a real phenomenon.

Balducci provided an analysis of extraterrestrials that he feels is consistent with the Catholic Church's understanding of theology. Monsignor Balducci emphasizes that extraterrestrial encounters "are NOT demonic, they are NOT due to psychological impairment, they are NOT a case of entity attachment, but these encounters deserve to be studied carefully." Since Monsignor Balducci is a demonology expert and consultant to the Vatican , and since the Catholic Church has historically demonized many new phenomena that were poorly understood, his stating that the Church does not censure these encounters is all the more remarkable.

Balducci revealed to a visiting American professional that the Vatican is closely following this phenomenon quietly. My informant originally surmised that the Vatican is receiving much information about extraterrestrials and their contacts with humans from its Nunciatures (embassies) in various countries. But subsequent information indicated that the Monsignor has gotten his cases from other sources.

This is not the first time this concept has come up.  It is no less interesting to see this quote from a television interview. (from the same article)

Bruno Mobrici: What are the consequences regarding religious beliefs or philosophy?

Father Balducci: Not there are no one with ... not that it is without some negative consequence... all things considered. After all the Lord has revealed to us all, things we already think well of, and also of this "alien" and not exactly human rendition of God's creation we can also think well. Christ always remains the center of the Universe, but in the Universe there is not only this one world, but there are millions of stars, millions of galaxies, and there are... I don't want to say now anything about how many (or any exact numbers) but, without a doubt, we can reasonably anticipate the next point. And now here we'll enter into our second phase of questions, as these aliens explain themselves, discuss the existence of other inhabited worlds, in the manner that they have lived. How did they live? You see, there's a saying that goes back centuries: "Natura non facit saltus" -- "Nature does not make jumps" ...... There is the animal realm, the vegetable realm, the human realm, and the angelic realm; these are the four realms we already know about. Three are natural and we see them. Between the man, the human being and the angel, eh... there's a jump and it's a jump that's a little too large to make.