John M. Becker

Pope Francis: Alien Baptism OK, Same-Sex Marriage Not

Filed By John M. Becker | May 14, 2014 6:00 PM | comments

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Tags: alien, alien baptism, baptism, Catholic Church, Catholicism, Every Sperm Is Sacred, Francis, gay marriage, head-scratcher, marriage equality, Pope Francis, same-sex marriage, weird news

alien-religious-icon.jpgThe classic Monty Python song "Every Sperm is Sacred" is arguably the most famous satirical song about Roman Catholicism. (If you've never seen/heard it, click here.) The gist of the song is that the Catholic Church opposes contraception because it's against God's wishes -- because God wants as many little Catholics as possible.

I couldn't help but hear that song in my head as I read about recent remarks from Pope Francis, who said in a homily on Monday that the Catholic Church's openness extends far beyond the confines of our terrestrial sphere. In fact, said the pontiff, if aliens from outer space wanted to be baptized into the church, he wouldn't oppose it.

The Independent reports:

He said Catholicism was a church of "open doors", and that it was up to Christians to accept the Holy Spirit however "unthinkable" and "unimaginable" it appeared...

"If, for example, tomorrow an expedition of Martians came to us here and one said 'I want to be baptised!', what would happen?"

Clarifying that he really was talking about aliens, the Pope said: "Martians, right? Green, with long noses and big ears, like in children's drawings."

Francis said that Christianity had struggled from its earliest stages with the temptation to reject "the living presence of God" in various forms.

But he added: "When the Lord shows us the way, who are we to say, 'No, Lord, it is not prudent! No, let's do it this way'. Who are we to close doors?"

While Pope Francis isn't the first Vatican official to raise the possibility of alien baptism -- papal astronomer Guy Consolmagno remarked in 2010 that "any entity - no matter how many tentacles it has - has a soul" -- he is the first pope to do so.

So, just so we're clear: alien baptism? Yes. Same-sex marriage? Nope.

Because that makes sense, right?

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