- THE COMING GREAT DECEPTION—PART 4: The Sky Island’s Assimilation for Extraterrestrial Evangelism
by Tom Horn, https://www.skywatchtv.com/
“The highest levels of Vatican administration and geo-politics, know that, now, knowledge of what’s going on in space, and what’s approaching us, could be of great import in the next five years, ten years.”[i]—Father Malachi Martin, adviser to three popes
“You want to know about UFO[s] and little green men? Contact the Vatican. They have an observatory out in Arizona, and that’s what they are looking for.”[ii]—Gordon Cooper, NASA astronaut
If astronomers do discover a planet suitable for extraterrestrial life, Mt. Graham is probably the facility that will make the announcement. Of course, a lot of people are wondering what the Vatican is doing up there—astronaut Gordon Cooper sure had an interesting opinion—and we hope to shine some light on that question.
While touring VATT, we met a Jesuit engineer eager to pontificate on the compatibility of science and faith. Of course, we agree that the war alleged by secularists is more about poor philosophy than a concrete conflict, but some Jesuits are part of the problem (more on that later). The VATT is a cherry assignment for a Jesuit interested in science. While the living quarters are tight, wealthy benefactors furnished a plush leather sofa and chairs for the otherwise rustic retreat. Amenities aside, this facility is for serious astronomy, and it houses an impressive instrument on an ideal location. The mission of VATT is displayed prominently outside the entrance in Latin and in English indoors.
By way of surveying the role of astronomy in astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, this series will follow our tour. First, we’ll look at how the Mt. Graham complex came to be and examine some of the Vatican’s contributions. Then, we will stroll up the gravel road to the LBT and discuss the search for exoplanets. Finally, we will look at the Submillimeter and radio telescopes, especially their use in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program. Along the way, we will try to unpack why the Jesuit in charge of the Vatican Observatory Research Group told the media in 1993 that the purpose of VATT and the Mt. Graham International Observatory was to contact extraterrestrials and baptize them into the Roman Catholic Church.