Should the sacrament of baptism be reserved for humans only? No, I’m not talking about baptizing Fido, Mr. Fluffy, or Bessy. I’m talking about intelligent life out among the stars. Guy Consolmagno, one of the Pope’s astronomers says no, it is not.
Aliens might have souls and could choose to be baptised if humans ever met them, a Vatican scientist said today. The official also dismissed intelligent design as “bad theology” that had been “hijacked” by American creationist fundamentalists.
Speaking ahead of a talk at the British Science Festival in Birmingham tomorrow, he said that the traditional definition of a soul was to have intelligence, free will, freedom to love and freedom to make decisions. “Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.” Would he baptise an alien? “Only if they asked.”
So if we found intelligent life out in the stars, and they wanted to be baptized, would the sacrament be available to them?