June 3, 2013
from Examiner Website
ExoVaticana is both an informative and dangerous book. Informative insofar as the authors, Chris Putnam and Thomas Horn, provide extensive scholarship into the history of the Catholic Church and its evolving position on extraterrestrial life.
They claim that the Catholic Church has begun a global dialogue on extraterrestrial life where Pope Francis I will ultimately disclose the former’s existence to the world. Exovaticana is dangerous insofar as Putnam and Horn undergird it with some powerful religious prejudices about the motivations of alien visitors to our world.
They claim that biblical scripture is a solid foundation for understanding that aliens are demonic entities who destructively intervened in human history, and are about to return and do so again.
In contrast, according to Putnam and Horn, Pope Francis I is preparing to lead the Catholic Church to embrace the returning/visiting aliens as "brothers in Christ" - reflective of the 1950s and 1960s contactee reports of benevolent "space brothers."
Putnam’s and Horn’s Exovaticana portends a future religious war between those accepting visiting extraterrestrials as "brothers in Christ" and those believing them to be returning demons about to enslave us.
Putnam’s and Horn’s main thesis is that the Catholic Church is about to move publicly forward in a bold way on the issue of disclosing the existence of extraterrestrial life.
In Petrus Romanus, their previous book, Putnam and Horn revealed how the Catholic Church has acted to fulfill a 12th century prophesy by St Malachy about the last Pope - Petrus Romanus - who will lead the Catholic Church during the End Times described in the Book of Revelations.
Putnan and Horn provided detailed analysis of the Malachy Prophesy and how the current Pope Francis I is Petrus Romanus.
The dissolution of the Catholic Church - as we know it - will come about due to events associated with the visitation of extraterrestrial life, and emergence of an alien savior.
Putnam and Horn write:
Not only is Pope Francis I destined to disclose the existence of alien life, according to Putnam and Horn, but he will endorse a radical exotheological position of alien saviors on other worlds which is promoted by the Jesuit community.
That is the idea that alien worlds may have had their own unique experience of the second aspect of the Christian Trinity - an alien ‘Jesus Christ’ may have lived and died on more than one exoplanet.
This would mean that Christian 'salvation' would not be unique to earth, and that aliens could have their own Christic traditions and religious insights. For the Catholic Church, according to Putnam and Horn, this would make it possible to accept aliens as "brothers in Christ."
They cite the Pope’s chief astronomer, a fellow Jesuit, for endorsing this very idea in 2009 when he said:
Putnam and Horn cite Father Kenneth J. Delano who proposes the possibility that visiting aliens are ethically superior as evidence of the Vatican’s developing exotheological position :
Putnam and Horn cite the key role of Teilhard de Chardin, a famed Jesuit, in influencing the Vatican’s belief in extraterrestrial life.
De Chardin’s influence over Catholic theology can be recognized in a homily by Pope Benedict in 2009 that Putnam and Horn cite as key evidence of Vatican’s preparations for the introduction of an extraterrestrial inspired theology:
As to the question of the identity of the extraterrestrials that the Catholic Church appears to be preparing for, Putnam and Horn are very clear:
They describe the "space aliens camouflaging demonic entities" as fallen angels or "Watchers" that first landed on Earth at the biblical location of Mount Hermon.
They go on to describe how once the fallen angels spawned a race of giants:
Putnam and Horn go on to endorse J.R Church who wrote:
They claim that the atmosphere is the domain of these rebellious spirits or fallen angels:
Finally, we get to the crux of Putnam’s and Horn’s book.
This is where they believe that the Vatican is preparing its Catholic adherents to embrace extraterrestrial saviors who are "demons in disguise":
What do we make of the fantastic claim by Putnam and Horn that the Vatican is embracing demons camouflaged as extraterrestrials as future saviors of the Church and humanity?
Much of it is based on the skewed writings of UFO authors who ignore the extensive literature revealing the benign activities and intentions of many extraterrestrials visitors - far removed from the abduction phenomenon.
Putnam and Horn quote Richard Dolan and Bryce Zabel , authors of A.D. After Disclosure, who give serious credence to the idea of "demons camouflaged as extraterrestrials":
As a widely cited UFO historian, Dolan displays his and his co-author’s blind side here in considering "a demonic presence masking as extraterrestrials" as a plausible evaluation of the extraterrestrial phenomenon.
In an online extract from their book on the religious implications of extraterrestrial disclosure, it becomes clear that Dolan and Zabel only take seriously the abduction phenomenon for assessing the motivations of visiting extraterrestrials.
They don’t consider evidence from early "contactee reports" where human looking "space brothers" were claimed to have arrived to help humanity navigate the perils of the nuclear age.
Initial reports of human-looking extraterrestrials were overwhelmingly benign and non-invasive, suggesting that the "space brothers" were highly advanced ethically as well as technologically. Dolan has written two earlier books on UFOs and The National Security State, in neither does he take seriously early contactee reports of friendly human alien contact.
Zabel, co-creator of the television series Dark Skies, similarly focused on the abduction phenomenon and the invasive aspect of extraterrestrials behind it - again ignoring contactee reports entirely.
Putnam and Horn, like Dolan and Zabel, focus on the invasive nature of the abduction phenomenon and the extraterrestrial entities behind it. This is a dangerously skewed position to take in attempting to evaluate the motivations of extraterrestrial visitors in general, let alone their impact on world religions.
In addition to putting a negative spin on the motivations of visiting extraterrestrial life based on data exclusively from the abduction phenomenon, Putnam and Horn are against the idea of there being possible alien christs that incarnated on other worlds:
Putnam’s and Horn’s dismissal of possible alien christs that incarnated on other worlds displays an astounding homo chauvinism.
This leads to them concluding Exovaticana with the exhortation:
"Aggressive preparation" appears to be a codeword for a possible religious war where evangelical Christians will collaborate with UFO abduction researchers who take a negatively skewed approach in evaluating the motivations of alien visitors.
High on this religious war agenda would be an effort to sabotage any constructive dialogue or cooperation with extraterrestrial life.
Putnam and Horn are very likely correct in their assessment that the Vatican and the Catholic Church is positioning itself to accept extraterrestrial visitors as "brothers in Christ." In that regard, we might all be surprised by the future role to be taken by the Vatican in disclosing the existence of extraterrestrial life.
Exovaticana, insofar as it presents the history of the Catholic Church’s position on extraterrestrial life is very informative and helpful.
Exovaticana is dangerous insofar as it skews data towards an overly negative assessment of the motivations of extraterrestrial visitors. Evidence clearly shows that not all alien visitors have behaved in ways that could be considered harmful to humanity’s vital interests, or violating the rights of individuals.
A more balanced approach, as found in the new book Galactic Diplomacy - Getting to Yes with ET is needed - where a comprehensive evaluation of all data on extraterrestrial visitors is analyzed.
This will help ensure that humanity moves harmoniously into a wider galactic society where our vital interests are respected, rather than precipitate a religious (interplanetary) war as Exovaticana appears to be advocating.