What skills are the Pope and other emissaries for the Vatican lacking, when they imagine extraterrestrial life would want to be baptized into human religions?


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Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

Now, now, Nov, cut it out. You're stirring. >;-)

Entertaining question, of course but we both know he was joking at best and hypothesising at worst.  And don't tell me he wasn't tongue-in-cheek when he said they might be closer to God than us. Could he have been thinking that God lives "up there" somewhere?

No wonder he's grinning. He gotcha!

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Nov Noveltman
Nov Noveltman commented
I get what you're saying, and absolutes are super rare, but "religious leaders" supposedly know more about religion than those who don't profit from it, right? How could they NOT learn enough to realize it's all a scheme?
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Sorry Nov, it took me a month to find this.

I've met enough educated, intelligent people who are sincerely and deeply devout believers not to be surprised by anything. It simply doesn't occur to them that the things they've been taught from childhood may be a crock of rubbish.

Sure, there are a lot of schemers and con-artists among them (consider the majority of the tele-evangelists) but there are also a lot of good people who are simply perpetuating the myth because they can't believe it isn't true -- no matter how silly it looks from the outside.

This would be especially so of people who have devoted many decades to teaching the stuff and who would have to themselves that they had not only been duped, but had themselves been involved in bilking others -- unwittingly or not.
Nov Noveltman
Nov Noveltman commented
Gullible's guilt.
Corey The Goofyhawk Profile
Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

They would lack language and cultural skills. They may also lack biological knowledge as well. What if the extraterrestrial beings were like the ones in the movie Signs? A water baptism may not be the best option, lol. Best of luck to you!

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Corey The Goofyhawk
Those michevious little Imps! I think they are the ones that steal my socks before they come out of the dryer. I'm always missing one.
Nov Noveltman
Nov Noveltman commented
I think water is way too prevalent and ubiquitous. I think most life in our universe will be water based. But the imps are still troublesome. They hide LOTS of things from me!
John McCann Profile
John McCann answered

They're not lacking skills so much as lacking brains!

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Walt O'Reagun answered

I would bet that any extra-terrestrial life would study our history before making contact ... So they would know the Catholic Church's history of being the vanguard for invasions, conquests, and atrocities ... And likely want nothing to do with Catholic "missionaries".

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Nov Noveltman
Nov Noveltman commented
I fear that this very explanation satisfies that Fermi Paradox. That sucks for the Kinder, gentler, more intelligent members of our species.
Pepper pot Profile
Pepper pot answered

Life that can zoom to and from this planet is going to be far superior to us. It's understanding will supercede any human.  Still, the Vatican has a giant observatory with some of the most advance technology,  so the Pope will probably be the first to know. The Large Binocular Telescope is called L.U.C.I.F.E.R an acronym for Large Binocular Telescope Near-infrared Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research. Not controversial at all O_O

Still taste isn't his thing,  I'm not a fan of the modern artwork in his throne room either....


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Nov Noveltman
Nov Noveltman commented
Is that spelled out "Lucifer" in Italian?
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