Dr. Guy Consolmagno divides his time between Tucson, Arizona, . So it’s a religious statement to say the physical universe is worth devoting my life to. Earth and to search for life elsewhere, including other intelligent life. “The countless worlds in the universe are no worse and no less of them, Brother Guy Consolmagno, said he’d be “delighted” if alien life were. Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ (born September 19, ), is an American research astronomer, Jesuit religious brother, and Director of the Vatican Observatory, and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Contents. 1 Life; 2 Bibliography; 3 See also; 4 References; 5 External links Catholic belief and the search for extraterrestrial intelligent life (Catholic.

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The show aired for a second time inand for a third consolmmagno in September A video of Brother Consolmagno discussing the possibility of discovering extraterrestrial life is online at youtu.

If it’s not fun, you’re doing it univetse. Not all is as black and white as people imagine, and there’s no conflict between science and religion, Brother Consolmagno said. He was an invited participant in Scifoo in as well. Does God use divine coincidences? In the interview, Consolmagno and Coyne discussed their distinct and intimate cobsolmagno with science and faith. Consolmagno in his lab. Consolmagno gave the keynote speech at the Stellafane amateur telescope making convention on Aug Now I understand how this works, but that opens up a new mystery that I hadn’t seen before and now I can explore that mystery,” he explained.

Vatican astronomer: Just a matter of time until life found in universe

He vonsolmagno there is no conflict between his faith life and his scientific life. Archived from the original on May 2, ,ife Jesuit planetary scientist to head Vatican Observatory”. This page was last edited on 5 Octoberat Retrieved from ” https: Lewis wrote about that in his book ‘Surprised by Joy. Did God make that star?


In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 20 December On July 2,he was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.

Guy Consolmagno

The religious questions give you the framework that gives you the motivation to ask the science questions, gives you the confidence the science is going to work and explains to you why I get this excitement at holding a rock from outer space. News content accessible to CNS Subscribers. He suggested that the likely discovery — whether next month or a millennium from now — will be received much the way that news of planets orbiting far off stars has filtered in since the s.

Retrieved May 1, They look to the aliens to be saviors of mankind. He believes in the need for science and religion to work alongside one another rather than as competing ideologies.

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In he entered the Society of Jesusand took vows as a brother in Retrieved July 3, The award is being given for his work in communicating planetary science to the general public. DetroitMichiganU. Inhe said, “Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationismwhich at the end of the day is a kind of paganism — it’s turning God into a nature god.

Audio accessible to CNS Subscribers. Co-written by Jesuit Father Paul Mueller, another Vatican Observatory astronomer, the book uses a series of easy-to-read conversations between the two in an effort to explain how the church supports science and provide insight into how religion works. On Being with Krista Tippett. A planetary scientist who has studied meteorites and asteroids as an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory sinceBrother Consolmagno said he hopes the questions about life on other planets will focus more on how humanity sees itself.


While the discovery of life elsewhere will not prove nor disprove the existence of God, Brother Consolmagno expects that it will open the door to ponder what form salvation history may take in other intelligent societies.

Retrieved September 20, You may link to stories on our public site. END icon legend News content for intellkgent viewing. Views Read Edit View history. In addition to his continuing professional work in planetary science, he has also studied philosophy and theology. Conference of Catholic Bishops. I get joy along with a sense of contentment and peace in a church in prayer.

He also is planning the Vatican Observatory Foundation’s first Faith and Astronomy Workshop for clergy, religious and laypeople working in parish education. I get joy when I work with the poor, when I work with students, when I work with the elderly. His research is centered on the connections between meteorites and asteroidsand the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. It’s supposed to be fun. Republishing or redistributing of CNS content, including by framing or similar means lite prior permission, is prohibited.

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