Monsignor Corrado Balducci is a Vatican theologian and an insider close to the Pope. He has been featured on national Italian television numerous times to express that extraterrestrial contact is a real phenomenon and "not due to psychological impairment". In this testimony he explains that not only the general populous but also highly credible, cultured and educated people of high status are recognizing more and more that this is a real phenomenon. He goes on to speak about the extraterrestrial people as part of God‘s creation and that they are not angels nor are they devils. However they are probably more spiritually evolved. (Thanks to the Disclosure Project.)


Testimony of Monsignor Corrado Balducci

September 2000

[Through translator]

Monsignor Balducci is a Vatican theologian and an insider close to the Pope. He has been featured on national Italian television numerous times to express that extraterrestrial contact is a real phenomenon and “not due to psychological impairment”. In this testimony he explains that not only the general populace but also highly credible, cultured, and educated people of high status are recognizing more and more that this is a real phenomenon. He goes on to speak about the extraterrestrial people as part of God’s creation and that they are not angels nor are they devils. However they are probably more spiritually evolved.

CB: Monsignor Corrado Balducci SG: Dr. Steven Greer

CB: … We have come to the point that we can’t anymore deny that there is something that is happening, that something is happening here in this field of ufology, not just flying saucers, but there might be actual people, beings, extraterrestrial beings…

I want to speak as a theologist right now. To be so skeptical is against normal common sense, it’s against reason. Human testimony is the most common way of communication and dialogue. Because, when we listen to people, we have to have faith that what they are saying is true. It’s a dialogue between one who says something and believing what the person has to say, or not believing what the person has to say.

But if we go ahead like this, and this is the real point that really moved me as a theologian, if we continue saying this isn’t true, then what’s going to happen? Then whatever human witness testimony we have for anything else will not be given the importance deserved to witness testimony. And this witness testimony, if it becomes diminished will have a lot of negative repercussions: individual negative aspects, social negative aspects, and religious aspects. And especially for what concerns the Christian religion…

It’s also possible for another reason: God. God in his wisdom wouldn’t have created only us as humans.

SG: In America, there have been some reactionary fundamentalists who have said that these are the work of the devil? What do you think of this?

CB: The devil has nothing to do with this! I haven’t talked about this publicly in the past, but angels and devils don’t need [space]craft; they don’t need the flying saucers. They don’t need these things. God would never allow the devil to show humanity this kind of manifestation in such a great form. He would never permit this. Don’t even think about it being the devil…

And it says in the Bible, everything that exists in the universe is in the creation divine. There are no extraterrestrials which are not part of the divine creation…



by Monsignor Corrado Balducci - Pescara, Italy, June 8th, 2001




Over the last 150 years it have appeared sequentially and

with an increasing spreading and frequency rate, two types of

manifestations and phenomena, very different between them, but

both so interesting, controversial and fascinating to divide

public opinion into two different aspects: or everything is real,

or well everything is false. These are spiritualism and ufology.

It shouldn't surprise us this approach, because it's related only

to the reactions and behaviour of the public before these two

phenomena and not to their contents, obviously quite different

between both of them!




Regarding spiritualism, this is a practice for which

there are testimonies across the centuries; in 1847, with the

sisters Fox in Hydesville (New York), it had a special remark and

spread rapidly in several countries. Very soon there was an

explanation for the phenomena connected to such practices, even by

the scientists: the souls of the disincarnated, better said of the

dead people, are the cause of this. This was called the

spiritualist hypothesis, against which theologians soon opposed to

the so called demonic hypothesis.




Only by the end of XIX century there were made the first

attempts to look for a natural explanation, and finally in 1922,

with the thick book of the French scientist Charles Richet,

"Traitè de Mètapsychique", it began officially the so called

Metapsychics, nowadays better known as Parapsychology.




When I began with my demonic and metapsychic studies back

in 1950, I found myself in a period when, since two decades ago,

it was denied the existence of spiritualist phenomena (and not

only by some scientists, but also by a very wide public opinion),

that represented at that time the most abundant cases of





The same is valid since some decades on regarding





After this premise, we reach our subject, for which I

have two very brief clarifications to expose.




- The acronym UFO (Unidentified Flying Object), is used

here in a wider sense, or even better, including also the

existence of living beings in other planets.




- The aim of my intervention is to underline that

something real must exist in the phenomena, and how this does not

contrast at all with Christian religion, being considered positive

even among theologians.




Let's divide the speech in three points:




1. Something real must exist.


2. Theological considerations on the habitability of other



3. Some testimonies favourable to it.






I - UFO: Something real must exist.






This is a statement coming out from basic considerations

based upon common sense, human rationalism and upon a normal and

possible course of our lives, considering not only individual and

social aspects, but also religious.




In fact, today there is a great amount (still increasing)

of testimonies regarding the so called flying saucers or

spaceships and the extraterrestrials; and among them there are

some coming from reliable persons, with a culture and initially

non believers. There are already hundreds of thousands of eye

witnesses in the world that state to have seen UFO's at least

once. There are so many, even in a smaller amount, the testimonies

coming from the so called contactees.




If we consider this, it seems impossible to deny at a

rational level that something real does exist! A totally sceptic

behaviour is not justified at all, because a priori seems to be

against to the elemental prudence suggested by the good sense.




It is also real that we could think rationally that so

large average of testimonies could be due to illusions,

hallucinations and to states of intense suggestion. In other cases

it could be also due to particular light effects or well to

atmospheric phenomena, such as clouds that over the mountains may

show a shape similar to the flying saucers; we could use as an

example the so called ball rays or well globular flashes of





Other times UFO's could be confused with certain types of

round-shaped aeroplanes, that were certainly built in USA since

the so called Cold War (it is also certain that Russia built some

aeroplanes of this type). This promoted in the period after World

War II, the spreading of the idea that flying saucers were nothing

else but new inventions with warring aim, obviously kept secret.




But these are always inaccurate explanations and

considerations to explain the number of testimonies and the

wideness of UFO phenomenon. The most severe and hard criticism

could reduce largely this number, but never will be able to

eliminate all of them.




We also have to remember that in several countries exist

places, organisations and associations that collect evidences and

testimonies on tape, in order to make them examine and study by

experts and scientists as necessary; after that the whole set is

catalogued in explainable and non explainable phenomena. It is not

any longer a secret the existence of the so called "Area 51" in

the United States, within a zone in the hearth of the Nevada

desert; an enormous land area that has a larger construction

underground than on the surface. In France is famous the SEPRA

association; in Italy there is the CUN, "Centro Ufologico

Nazionale" (National Ufological Centre), already on its 36th. year

of existence, and with Dr. Roberto Pinotti as President since long

ago; also in Italy there is since 4 years until now the CIFAS

("Council of International Federation of Advanced Studies")

dedicated to study the relationships between man and

extraterrestrial space, which President is still Gen. Salvatore





Regarding the existence of something real within UFO

phenomenon, I must add another consideration that was left for

last to better underline its importance. And this is, that a

generalised, systematic and total incredulity finally would weaken

and destroy the value of human testimony, with serious and

unforeseeable consequences, because that is the base of life not

only individual and social, but also religious.




In fact, testimony is a form of communication of our

faith in our partner. This is a widely spread way on daily life

(when listening news, spending, buying, etc.). Let's imagine what

could happen on individual and social life if the value of human

testimony was weaken, with the logical decrease and disappearance

of that faith many times is essential for daily life!




After this, I have extended such inconveniences to

religious life; in fact, also Christian religion is based upon

human testimony, being the Divine Revelation an historical fact.


In 1937 Jesuit theologian Herbert Thurston wrote on

purpose: "From a logical point of view, christians that accept

miracles and other episodes related on the Gospel... they cannot

reject in an obstinate way the reiterated testimonies of modern

and reliable witnesses, that relate what their eyes have seen...

All our Apologetic system is based upon the belief in the Truth

said in the Gospel" ("Church and Spiritualism"; Milan, 1937; p.p.

179). For that: "systematic demolition and discredit of human

testimonies regarding simple fact data, seem to me contrary in

principle to all belief on the historic seriousness of Gospel, and

indirectly, to every belief on Christian Revelation" (Op. Cit.

p.p. 157).






II. Theological and biblical considerations

on the habitability of other planets.




First of all a clarification: we should exclude that

angels use spaceships, due to the fact that they are merely

spiritual beings, and that they are wherever they want to be, and

in the rare cases when they show themselves, they don't have any

difficulty to assume a visible form. The very same we can say

about dead people. Holy Virgin, in the very few cases when she

could consider to be in contact with human people (very

exceptional episodes and to be confirmed in their authenticity),

continues to choose other very different ways to transmit us her

maternal affection, to manifest us her urgencies, to communicate

us her maternal claims or to give us her sweet reproaches. Even

keeping their angelic nature, we shouldn't think about the devils

at all, because they are connected in their liberty to God on

their extraordinary activity, and in that way they are disabled to

express their terrible and malefic hate regarding us. Let's

remember St. August: "If the devil by his own initiative could do

anything, even a single living being would not stay on Earth" (ML

37, 1246); let's remember also to St. Buenaventura: "Is so large

the demon's cruelty, that he would swallow us in every moment, if

Divine protection don't guard us" ("Diaeta salutis", tit. 7 c.1,

Verona 1748, p. 183).




Therefore, when speaking about extraterrestrials, we must

think in beings like us, or well and preferably in other types of

living beings, that in their spiritual part they have associated a

material one; better said, a body in a better state than the one

existing for us as humans.




There is not a scientific certainty yet about this

problem, even if this seems to be closer and closer, thanks to the

progress of science and study. Regarding the theological and

biblical aspect of this matter, we can remark three points, three

affirmations in favour from the various considerations:




1. Before all, that exist other inhabited planets is

something possible. In the Bible there are not specific allusions

to other living beings, but neither is excluded this hypothesis,

that for this stays as possible, if we think that God's

omnipotence and wisdom have no limits, being infinite.




2. Furthermore, the existence of other inhabited planets

is something credible. In fact, there is a great diversity between

angels, merely spiritual beings and us, composed by spirit and

matter; better said, soul and flesh, but a soul that cannot act if

don't use the body as an instrument; a body that makes with its

passions and capital vices conditional the soul to the point of

make human person so fragile, and more devoted to evil than to

goodness. Therefore is credible that this enormous distance

between us and the angels could be reduced by the presence of

beings that, having also a body (even if more perfect), their soul

is less conditioned on their intelligent and volitional acting.




If necessary, there is another confirmation upon the very

ancient saying of Lucrezio Caro: "Natura non facit saltus"; a very

famous phrase (that I found on the "De rerum natura") and quoted -

regarding that argument - also by some theologians.




Another consideration is taken for the aim of the

creation, or well the Glory of God, a concept that you can find

several times on the Bible. For instance, Psalm 18 begins by

saying precisely: "heavens sing the glory of God". But only human

person is able to give this glory to God in a conscious way ,

because it has intelligence and free will.




Precisely for this, several theologians say, is not only

possible but credible, that in the spaces that are distant and

inaccessible for men and his scientific instruments, do exist

other beings able to know God as their Creator, and also they give

Him this Glory, that for them and their worlds represent the aim

of Creation.




Jesuit Father Domenico Grasso, Professor of Theology at

the Pontifical Gregorian University wrote on purpose: "Why all the

perfection God has spread so widely in the universe should be kept

hidden without singing the glory of God? Wouldn't it be a

discordance unsuitable for God? Who writes a book knowing that it

will never be read by anyone, or well who paints a painting to

hide it from anyone's sight?".




He claims regarding the statements made by German

theologian Joseph Pohle in one of his books of 1904 (page 457):

"It seems to be accordingly with the aim of the world that

inhabitable celestial bodies are settled by creatures that

recognise the glory of God in the physical beauties of their

worlds, in the same way man does with his smaller world" ("Die

Sternewelt undihre Bewohner" - "The Stars of Universe and its

Inhabitants"; Köln 1904; pp. 457). Finally Father Grasso

concludes: "we must think in the angels to know where God receives

the glory from these worlds from, because them, that are purely

spiritual, "are not able to know the matter but indirectly, in the

same way man does with the spirit" (ib.).




3. Beyond to be something possible and credible, I would

see desirable the inhabitability of other planets. In a future,

even if very remote, these eventual inhabitants, superior to us,

could be very helpful to us, specially in our spiritual path. In a

non practical way, they could had been protecting and helping us

since long time ago.




If it is the case that they do really exist intelligent

beings on other planets, it would be easier to understand how to

conciliate their existence with the redemption of Christ. As St.

Paul says (cfr. Col. 1, 16-17), a real fact is that Christ is the

centre and head of the creation of the universe. Therefore there

are no worlds without a reference of Him. From the Bible is

possible to assure that Christ, as Incarnated Verb, has total

influence upon all the possible inhabited planets.




I quote what said by St. Paul to the Colossians: "For by

Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on

Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or

principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and

for Him. And He is before all things and in Him all things

consist... For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness

should dwell. And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by

Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made

peace through the blood of His cross" (Col. 1, 16-20).



The Church celebrates the last Sunday of the Liturgical

Year (before the Advent) as the Feast of Christ, King of the

universe, and in its liturgy the universality of His kingdom is

remembered, which is also expressed in the daily Mass.






III. Algunos testimonios a favor.




There exist several interesting statements on the

inhabitability of other worlds by lay scientists, theologians or

servants of God which already qualified for a process of

beatification or canonisation. Obviously I'll limit myself to

quote just some of them.




Beginning with the laymen, let me quote the great French

scientist Charles Richet (1850 - 1935), that was, among other

things, a materialist. In 1922, in his "Traitè de Mètapsychique",

he stated: "Do we have any right to claim, just because of our

limited senses and our mistaken intelligence, that man is the only

intelligent being in this immense cosmos?... That other

intellectual forces, different from us, exist, is not only

possible but extremely probable. It is even certain... It is

absurd to claim that we are the only intelligence in nature... The

existence of these beings cannot be proven, but the probability of

their existence is evident" (loc. cit., Paris 1922, pp. 787-788).




I remember 5 theologians:




1. Cardinal Nicolò Cusano (1401 - 1464), philosopher and

scientist that said: "We are not authorised to exclude that on

another star beings do exist, even if they are completely

different from us".




2. The Jesuit Father and astronomer Fr. Angelo Secchi

(1818 - 1876) wrote: "It is absurd to claim that the worlds

surrounding us are large, uninhabited deserts and that the meaning

of the universe lies just in our small, inhabited planet.".




3. The famous Dominican preacher Jacques-Marie-Louis

Monsabre (1827 - 1907) referred to the principle "Natura non facit

saltus" when he claimed that other intelligent beings besides men

and angels exist.




4. The already quoted English Jesuit Father Herbert

Thurston wrote: "Who can claim that there are no other intelligent

beings besides these 3 categories of angels, demons and men in the

Universe of God? I do not intend to confirm the possibility I

indicated in my question as a fact, but I ask: Who can be sure

about it?" (Op. Cit., pp. 3).




5. German Theologian Giuseppe Pohle: "Hypothesis of the

plurality of inhabited worlds is totally favourable to the glory

of the Lord. God creates for His glory, and any glory is possible

without intelligent beings, able to know the creation of the Lord"





I remember two persons for whom there is already going on

their process of canonisation:




1. The Salesian Father and Servant of God Don Andrea

Beltrami (1870 - 1897) who prayed also for the possible

inhabitants of other planets. Of the 16 booklets he wrote, one

seems to deal with this topic (and I say "seems" because

unfortunately I was not able to know the titles of his 16





2. The second (with whom I want to close this paper), is

the already sanctified Padre Pio, who was beatified by Pope John

Paul II on May 2, 1999 and canonised on June 16, 2002. From St.

Fr. Pio, the following dialogue is documented and officially

published by the Cappuchin Order:

Question: "Father, some claim that there are creatures of God on

other planets, too". Answer: "What else? Do you think they don't

exist and that God's omnipotence is limited to this small planet

Earth? What else? Do you think there are no other beings who love

the Lord?".



Another question: "Father, I think the Earth is nothing

compared to other planets and stars". 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".

(Don Nello Castello: "Così parlò Padre Pio"; Vicenza, 1974).






Lac. Corrado Balducci


Rome, C. 7 / 6 / 2001  

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