Pope Francis: Church Would Baptize Aliens
With few exceptions, I doubt many aliens would want to be baptized. I do have to give the new pontiff credit though for being open minded enough to accept the fact that they could exist. There was once a time when the church would put you to death for even suggesting that there could be worlds out there other than Earth. Giordano Bruno would be amazed by how much things have changed.
In a quirky morning Mass, the pope used a far-out example of little green Martians seeking Jesus to preach about the church’s inclusiveness.
Is Pope Francis willing to go to extremes to fill the pews? Apparently so, if his latest outreach message is an indication.
Speaking on Monday during the homily at his daily morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta inside Vatican City where he lives, he told his mostly clerical audience that they should keep an open mind to anyone—or anything—seeking God. “If—for example—tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here… Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them… And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?” he asked parishioners. “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…’”