I have a question, regarding the validity of the ascension as it has been traditionally understood.
Catholicism teaches that Jesus ascended bodily into heaven, where he is now waiting to come back for his second coming. If this is the case, where is Jesus’ physical body right now?
Is he still ascending? Did he ascend above the clouds, then disappear? How fast was he traveling to break free of earth’s gravitational field?
The doctrine was formulated before our modern understanding of the cosmos and the atmosphere. One intellectual Catholic explained it to me as the time when Jesus stopped appearing to his disciples. Is this more un-orthodox interpretation in line with Catholic teaching?