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Re: PRG/X-Conference Report - Part I - 05-30-05 -

From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
Date: Sun, 01 May 2005 22:27:54 +0000
Fwd Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 10:47:19 -0400
Subject: Re: PRG/X-Conference Report - Part I - 05-30-05 -


>From: Michael Brownlee <michael.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 09:02:46 -0700
>Subject: Re: PRG/X-Conference Report - Part I - 05-30-05

>>From: Stephen Bassett <ParadigmRG.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 11:35:43 EDT
>>Subject: PRG/X-Conference Report - Part I - 05-30-05

>>PRG
>>Paradigm Research Group

>>PRG/X-Conference Report - Part I - April 30, 2005

>>A Personal Note

>>So much happened and is happening around the 2nd Annual
>>Exopolitics Expo - X-Conference 2005 - it will take three or
>>four emails to properly cover the material. I would like to
>>begin with a personal note to all those who attended the
>>conference and others who have received firsthand reports from
>>attendees.

>>This note concerns the Banquet and Keynote on Saturday evening,
>>April 23. I will use this opportunity to apologize for problems
>>which created discomfort for many in attendance. The intention
>>was to have the written Keynote Address of Monsignor Corrado
>>Balducci translated into English from the Italian, placed into a
>>word document and scrolled on screen while the Monsignor spoke
>>in contiguous Italian. This did not get done, and a consecutive
>>translator was obtained at the last minute with such translation
>>prolonging the address.

>>Worse, it was my decision to not obtain a set of powered
>>speakers for the Crystalls Ballroom, thinking incorrectly that
>>PRG had the needed equipment in hand. As a result there was
>>additional delay in setting up working sound and the sound was
>>such that it was necessary to turn off the air conditioner in
>>order to hear the address. Either of these mistakes alone would
>>have been modest, but the two together created compounded
>>discomfort for the attendees and the speaker. I am completely
>>responsible for this, and only the improvisational tech wizardry
>>of Ted Strain prevented a complete failure.

>Regarding Stephen Bassett's apology about Monsignor Balducci's
>keynote address, there is more that he could have apologized
>for.

>Oddly, Bassett's summary omits Balducci's astonishing comments
>on the relative goodness of humans versus extraterrestrials.

>Introducing his theme, and eerily setting the tone for the
>entire conference, Balducci flatly declared that
>"extraterrestrials will be more inclined to good" than are
>humans. Warming up, he told his audience: "It's not possible
>that beings more evil than us can exist in other worlds... we
>are the worst of all!"

>Balducci further explained that God created extraterrestrials
>between humanity and the the angels. In other words, ETs are by
>nature spiritually superior to humans.

>These are outrageous and completely unfounded statements, yet
>because they are uttered by a religious authority may be taken
>by some as gospel.

>While it is unsurprising that Balducci preaches Church doctrine
>that humanity is a "fallen" species and thus in need of the
>salvation of Christ, his speculations about the moral status of
>extraterrestrials are completely without basis in Catholic
>theology, witness testimony, or rational discourse.

>Others have noted that Balducci routinely ignores evidence that
>extraterrestrials are as capable as humans of "sin" or moral
>failure. For instance, Gordon Creighton wrote of Balducci:

>"There is not a single word in anything that he has ever said or
>written to indicate any knowledge whatsoever of such matters as
>alien rape; crossbreeding; hybridization; removal of sperm and
>ova; implants, or the widespread harassment of humans by UFO
>entities, widespread mutilations of terrestrial animals, and
>ghastly human mutilations too."

>While it might be seen as useful for the exopolitical disclosure
>movement to have the enthusiastic endorsement of a Vatican
>prelate, Bassett would do well to distance himself from
>irrational insistence on the God-given spiritual/moral
>superiority of extraterrestrials.


Michael,

I agree with you strongly on the question of who is morally
superior here, given the reported behavior of the abductors. But
we don't really know if these events are "real" or that the
perptetrators are "aliens" in the normal sense of that word.

This is simply a matter of logical analysis, assuming various
things for the sake of argument and drawing out the
implications.

So there is lots of research to be done by rational human beings
before taking any kind of a firm stand on any aspect of this
perplexing issue.

To my way of thinking, the first order of business should be to
check the Catholic credentials and reputation - peer review - of
Balducci to determine more about him.

We are fortunate to have at least two practicing Catholics who
also happen to be highly intelligent, well-informed, and
reputable people in this field: Jerry Clark and Michael Swords.

What do they have to say about this?

I would be very interested to know, since I am extremely dubious
about Balducci's credibility.

If I am mistaken in this opinion, I would like to know about it
from people whose opinions I trust and whose knowledge and
critical faculties I highly respect.


 - Dick





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