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Vatican astronomer willing to baptize aliens speaks at Georgetown commencement

On Saturday, May 17, Guy Consolmagno, an astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory, spoke to graduates at Georgetown University’s commencement ceremony.

He began his speech by acknowledging that many are surprised to hear that the Vatican operates its own observatory. He explains that, by supporting an observatory, the Vatican is “reminding the world, including Catholics, that the church supports and embraces science.” He added, “We’re not afraid of the truth. We actively seek it.”

Guy Consolmagno

Guy Consolmagno speaking at Georgetown. (Credit: Georgetown University)

Consolmagno made headlines in 2010 when he told the Guardian, “Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.” He also told the Guardian that he would gladly baptize an extraterrestrial if one requested. But during his speech at Georgetown, he announced, “There aren’t any extraterrestrials – at least none that I know of.” But he continued, “And even if we do encounter them someday, it’s going to be a long time before we can converse with them well enough to discuss the theology of the trinity or something.”

Pope Francis also recently made comments about baptizing aliens, stating that “Christians cannot ‘close the door’ to all those who seek baptism even if they are ‘green men, with a long nose and big ears, like children draw.’”

Pope Francis. (Credit: Casa Rosada/Wikimedia Commons)

Pope Francis. (Credit: Casa Rosada/Wikimedia Commons)

Guy Consolmagno‘s Georgetown speech begins at approximately the 16:00 mark in the video at the top of this post.

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Pope approves of baptizing Martians

Pope Francis announced that everyone has the right to baptism. Even aliens from Mars.

French news agency AFP reports that during the Pope’s daily mass on Monday, May 12, he stated that “Christians cannot ‘close the door’ to all those who seek baptism even if they are ‘green men, with a long nose and big ears, like children draw.’” He continued:

If tomorrow, for example, an expedition of Martians arrives, and some of them came to us, here . . . Martians, right? Green, with the long noses and big ears, just like children paint them . . . and one says, “But I want to be baptized!” What would happen ?

Pope Francis. (Credit: Casa Rosada/Wikimedia Commons)

Pope Francis. (Credit: Casa Rosada/Wikimedia Commons)

The Telegraph and other media outlets assume the comment about baptizing Martians was simply a display of the Pope’s lively sense of humor, while delivering a more serious message about how everybody has the right to be baptized. But Pope Francis isn’t the only Catholic who has recently mentioned baptizing extraterrestrials.

In a 2010 interview with the Guardian, Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno stated that he would baptize an extraterrestrial being if one requested, because “any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.”

Guy Consolmagno (Credit: Kevin Nickerson/Wikimedia Commons)

Guy Consolmagno (Credit: Kevin Nickerson/Wikimedia Commons)

The present-day Vatican is open to science and the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe. In a 2009 interview with Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Father José Gabriel Funes, the director of the Vatican observatory, stated, “As a multiplicity of creature exist on Earth, so there could be other beings, also intelligent, created by God. This does not contrast with our faith because we cannot put limits on the creative freedom of God.” The article that contained this interview with Funes is titled, “The extraterrestrial is my brother.”

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