I have a question regarding the religious response to extraterrestrials...
Recently I was reading the Wikipedia article about James Blish's novel A Case of Conscience
which mentions that a Catholic reader sent Blish a copy of the Church's general guidelines for dealing with aliens. I poked around, but all I could find on Google was Monsignor Corrado Balducci
, a Catholic theologian who has said that alien encounters are real, and a paper
and a book
by Marie I. George.
However, these seem to be more about whether or not aliens exist, and what effect they would have on the Church if they did. So, a few questions:
1. Does anybody have know where to find what the Wikipedia article refers to (official Catholic guidelines on dealing with ETs)?
2. Do other religions have guidelines of their own for such an event? I realize that other faiths and Christian denominations are not lead by a single head like Catholicism, but, for example, perhaps a Rabbi or Imam has written on this topic somewhere.
3. Building a little on the stuff I did find, what have the thoughts been on how non-human intelligences would relate to/affect Catholic teachings, both currently and in the past? Perspectives of other religions on this matter as it relates to them would also be appreciated.
And as long as the topic has been broached I might as well throw in, does the US government, or any government, have official guidelines, policies, etc in place in case of alien contact?