CONNECTING THE DOTS Making Sense Of The UFO Phenomenon
By Paola Leopizzi Harris
Monsignore Corrado Balducci
Quoted exactly except for Quixicated emphases--and the ommission of a few typo errors. However, where I unbold, thats what was bolded in her book.
Monsignor Balducci is a dear friend who lived up the street from me as I lived next door to St. Peters in Rome. Often we would dine together. He was a great host. We would often spend New Years Even together and he had the habit of leaving his Christmas decorations up all year. Often I would ask permission to bring over foreign researchers to meet him. We first bonded at the may 1999 conference in San Marino where I was translator for Dr. John Mack.
To me he was also very much like J. Allen Hynek that he was often distracted by metaphysical concepts and would stray off into different tangents. He was a very random abstract thinker. . . . Monsignor Balducci has an incredible archive of news clippings on UFOs and the paranormal. It fascinates him. Unlike many of us researchers, he excluded nothing in the cosmic mystery and had begun connecting the dots long ago. . . .
Paola Harris (PH): Is Ufology a relatively new study, and is it connected to parapsychology in your opinion?
Monsignor Corrado Balducci (CB): Over the last 150 years this phenomenon has appeared sequentially and with an increasing spreading and frequency rate. Spiritualism and Ufology are two types of manifestations. In the evolutionary scale, I believe there is something between us and the angels.
PH: Did Jesus also represent these beings?
CB: Yes, of course. Jesus died for all beings in the cosmos. In the sacred Scriptures, He is called King of the Universe. Never underestimate the great mercy or compassion of God whose grace and compassion surpasses all, and that means it relates to all of creation in all the cosmos. That also means that all is possible. God created us to give praise to Him, as I imagine he created others to do the same. How can God be gloried without a varied creation?
PH: Why is it so important to take UFO sightings seriously?
CB: Because it is based on human testimony, as are our Gospels. Since a great deal of the [Roman] Catholic faith is based on witness testimony, we must realize how important human testimony is. It would be a tragedy if we began to be suspicious of all people who report that they experienced something unusual like seeing crafts in the sky. From what I understand, there are some very credible witnesses who have seen this phenomenon and have come forward. They are courageous and should not be dismissed. Many church fathers have addressed the extraterrestrial presence in early philosophical works. In fact, testimony is a form of communication of our faith. Imagine what could happen to individual and social life if the value of human testimony were diminished, an act which would logically cause the decrease and disappearance of our faith, which is essential for daily life!
PH: Do you think that there is a type of theology or philosophy then that can be attributed to extraterrestrial life?
CB: I think that we need to examine it, then formulate theological and Biblical considerations on the habitability of other planets. First of all, there is a clarification: We should exclude that angels use spaceships, because they are merely spiritual beings [Qx: Scripture indicates otherwisethere are plenty of examples in Scripture where angels are quite observably tangible, dimensional. Scripture is essentially silent on whether the nonfallen angels use craft ever, at all, or not. I personally do not believe they NEED to. Its just my opinion]. They are wherever they want to be, and in the rare cases when they show themselves, they have no difficulty in assuming a visible form. . . .
PH: How do you reach these conclusions?
CB: My conclusions come from my research in parapsychology and demonology. There are human testimonies concerning the UFO phenomenain particular the abduction phenomenonwhich are essential to historical truth and must be considered seriously. These things cannot be attributed to the Devil. He does not need UFOs. . . .
QX: I think he is very seriously wrong here. The connection between UFO abduction phenomena, poltergeist and related phenomena and occultic dabbling are very well established as Guy Malone at
DOCUMENTS extensively. He has not found a single case where the enemy of our souls and his fallen angels have been able to carry out abduction activities without some member of the family involved giving an opening through some level of occultic dabbings.
CB: [continued from above paragraph] This has nothing to do with the Devil [QX I think hes seriously wrong]. These important UFO sightings by credible people must be taken into account because there are so many witnesses. It is as important as scientific research is! . . .
PH: Can you quote some church fathers who suggest the existence of life on other planets? I heard that Padre Pio said something of this nature.
CB: Yes there are several. Don Andrea Beltrami (1870-1897), the Salesian Father and servant of God, prayed also for the possible inhabitants of other planets. Of the 16 booklets he wrote, one seems to deal with this topic. The second is the recently sanctified Padre Pio, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 2, 1999, and canonized on June 16, 2002. He was asked the following question: Father, some claim that there are creatures of God on other planets, too. Padre Pio replied, What else? Do you think they dont exist, and that Gods omnipotence is limited to this small planet Earth? What else? Do you think there are no other beings who love the Lord? Another time someone asked him, Father Pio, I think the Earth is nothing, compared to other planets and stars. His answer: Exactly! Yes, and we Earthlings are nothing, too. The Lord certainly did not limit His glory to this small Earth. On other planets other beings exist who did not sin and fall as we did. [Qx: I guess his mangled Bible did not include the Scripture about ALL CREATION GROANS WITH YEARNING EARNEST EXPECTATION FOR THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD.]
PH: Is it a grave mistake to think that you are the official voice of the Vatican?
CB: These ideas are mine, and I do not represent the Vatican. However, I am told that the Holy Father Pope John Paul II has seen me on Italian TV several times and follows my radio homilies. If there were some objection, Im sure I would know. I believe there is no problem here. P100
OOOPS Didn’t proof read far enough.
Guy Malone’s site is:
On the surface of it, I'd have to say that the good padre gradually went senile. Now, you and I have talked before about this and the thing is that there is not the smoking gun; there are no bodies or spacecraft or technology that we can point to. Is there a smoking gun that has arisen?
Please take my name OFF your ping list for this worthles fantasy.
I find these remarks most disturbing. Just because "all things are possible" for God, it does not logically follow that all things are possible for man.
Somehow these statements recall to mind the character Ivan, of Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov. He said something to the effect: If there is no God, then all things are possible. This is what it means to be "beyond good and evil." [Which is the state of things once God is "killed."] And it is almost certain that Nietzsche took a page from Ivan's book. With all that followed from that, preeminently the notion of Superman which I take to mean a man who has "evolved" unto the status of god himself, having committed the ultimate Patricide in his own mind.
God IS gloried and glorified in His "varied creation" already, and that since Day One. But the variation we see in the natural world, its splendid diversity, is not born of chaos; it is born and sustained only in God, Who created all things in heaven and earth by His holy Word, the Logos.
Methinks this cardinal of the Church has been imbibing from springs of post-modern progressivist thought. And it seems to me this puts him more in the company of Dostoevsky's Ivan, and Nietzsche, than it does in the ranks of Christian saints....
Thanks for the ping!