In an analogy about not excluding anyone, Pope Francis said this week he'd baptize Martians if the aliens came to Earth and wanted to be baptized.
While it sounds a little out of this world, Pope Francis made his point while speaking during Mass at the Vatican on Monday, answering the question, "Who are we to close the doors to the Holy Spirit?"
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"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?" Pope Francis said, hypothetically, according to Vatican Radio
In answering the question, Francis recalled the words of Peter: "If then God gave them the same gift He gave to us when we came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to be able to hinder God?"
"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,'" Pope Francis said during the Mass. "Who are we to close doors? In the early Church, even today, there is the ministry of the ostiary [usher]. And what did the ostiary do? He opened the door, received the people, allowed them to pass. But it was never the ministry of the closed door, never."
Social media poked good-natured fun at the pope's alien baptism comments.
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