Baptizing Aliens, Coming to a Church Near You

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No, it’s not the latest plot for a sci-fi blockbuster.

A senior Vatican scientist believes aliens might have souls – no matter how many tentacles- and could choose to be baptized if humans ever met them and it asked for it, reports the Guardian.

The scientist, Brother Guy Consolmagno, who is one of the Pope’s astronomers and is a self-confessed science fiction fan, said he would be “delighted” if intelligent life was found among the stars.  “But the odds of us finding it, of it being intelligent and us being able to communicate with it – when you add them up it’s probably not a practical question.”

Although we can’t expect E.T. to rock up to Mass any time soon, it’s nice to know the Vatican’s got a plan.

15 comments
annb12
annb12

It is hard to believe that this is TIME article. The map of India is cut out, which is offensive to Indian people and provides wrong political stance. And of course providing one food product for South America and Africa is wrong. 

But Cartography of the maps is impressive!

robbphoenix
robbphoenix

The map of India is inaccurate and looks stunted since it omits important northern and north eastern states (Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh). This is surprising considering minor islands like the Lakshwadeep were included.

KCL
KCL

Wow can everyone get up off their high horse and chill the f*** out? Ms. Stampler screwed up. I'm sure her boss is giving her hell right now. -__-

Can we maybe talk about what a neat and original piece of art Hargreaves and Levin have created? I would be willing to buy these as framed prints and put them up.

Rosembradbury
Rosembradbury

Yes, the gigantic continent of Africa is of course one single country, known best for bananas and plantain. I'm sure the 1 billion people living in the 50-something countries across Africa will be pleased to know their diverse culinary traditions can be summed up so simply.

FrePaiement
FrePaiement

Africa and South America are not countries. 


And the countries of Africa, and South America, are not all the same, nor do they produce the same goods or known for the same food traditions. 

sorcha.curry.2010
sorcha.curry.2010

This is so offensive it's comical. Firstly, Africa and South America are not countries. Also it is unbelievably unacceptable to say Ireland is part of the UK. Is this seriously on TIME magazines website??
And sure while I'm at it, since when is Ireland known for biscuits? I've lived in Ireland for the entire 23 years of my life and it's the first I've heard of it, this is an absolute joke.

Paddy!
Paddy!

Ireland is NOT part of the UK FFS!!! 


JoshuaGabrielBautista
JoshuaGabrielBautista

Ms Laura Stampler: if you are going to write an article for "Time", please make sure you know the difference between countries & continents!!!

PearTree23
PearTree23

Neither South America nor Africa are countries... Nice try though!

pan
pan

@sometimescasey why exactly should people give this person a pass for being so ignorant? this is TIME magazine, not some 7th grader's world history project. caitlin leavin, henry hargreaves, and laura stampler should know better than to think two seriously enormous continents are countries. what are you, their friend or something?

KCL
KCL

@pan Right, and I'm pretty sure China's culinary fabric consists of more than noodles. There are numerous indigenous groups with rich food cultures. I'll bet the Uyghur people would object to Xinjiang being included on this map. I'll bet the Communist Party would object to Taiwan being left out. You can't make everybody happy.

France produces more than just cheese, and the USA sure as hell has more culinary diversity than just corn. Where's your outrage?

They're not being ignorant 7th graders. TIME magazine makes implicit political statements with every article and graphic that it publishes whether you like it or not. So do artists.

Get off your moral high horses. You're not more educated or better than any of them.

Can we give some credit to the people that actually created something beautiful?

zealkin
zealkin

@KCL @panlol what political statement is this making to the denizens of those continents then? "You aren't worth noticing that you're anything but your awful media portrayal and don't deserve to be recognized as the many countries you're made up of" and "Who cares that Ireland has a bloody and violent history with the UK"? lol why don't YOU get off your high horse, this is disgraceful for someone who graduated from Standford university, and Time for publishing it in the first place. I'm educated enough to know this is ignorant and flippant journalism, apparently a Standford graduate doesn't?