I don’t know what this means…

But I have this strange desire to see John C. Wright and/or Mike Flynn pen a Thomistic quodlibet to analyze it.


Update: D’oh!  Why didn’t I think of this?  Reader Noah D. supplies the obvious caption: “EXCOMMUNICATE!  EXCOMMUNICATE!”

  • Laura B.

    I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that is going to be clerical wear in the year 2999. RCC clerical. Orthodox clerical will be pretty much what you see now…

    • Mark Shea

      Reminds me of the old joke.

      Q: How many Orthodox does it take to change a light bulb?
      A: *CHANGE*?!

      or, of course, in the case of the Uberdox (said with Russian accent):

      A: Light bulb is innowation!

  • http://www.hancaquam.blogspot.com PNP, OP

    Easy. That’s Fr. Dismas Sayre, OP upon achieving his long-desired apotheosis as the first Religious Cyborg.

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

    • http://coffeecatholic.wordpress.com M. Jordan Lichens

      I know this man, which makes it all the more hysterical.

  • Noah D


    • CJ

      Congrats Noah D, you win the internet.

    • Mark Shea

      This. Is. Awesome!

  • MarylandBill

    Oh this is silly, next thing you know they will be put in charge of the Spanish Inquistion :).

    BTW, I agree, Noah D has the line of the day…

  • http://www.virtue-quest.com/ Robert King

    One wonders who would have the greater authority in this dispute: the Apostle, the Philosopher, the Commentator, or the Doctor?

  • Ted Seeber

    Is it bad of me to see this as fitting into the story line of the 11th Doctor? I can just see the Dalekominicans right along with the Headless Monks, the Silence, and the Anglican Army as natural extensions of the River Song story line. Why should there be only THREE orders trying to prevent The Doctor from asking The Question That Must Not Be Asked?

  • Ye Olde Statistician

    On a more serious note…

    No, wait. A serious note…?

    Other than that if artificial intelligences are ever achieved, the Church would have no problem ordaining them, based on Augustine’s conclusion in City of God that any being with reason and will is a human being.

    • CJ

      Is it really that simple? As Chrysostom said, no women and very few men can be priests. So it doesn’t follow that “human” AI’s could be ordained. I think the reasons against female ordination would apply to AI’s as well. Christ wasn’t a synthezoid, replicant, or Soong-type android. The Theotokos wouldn’t have been necessary if his biological human-ness didn’t matter.

  • deiseach

    Obvioulsy a member of the Order of St Aquin


    • Richard Bell

      As distopic as that technocracy is in “The Quest for St. Aquin”, it is one of the few SF milieux that you know you could get access to the sacraments. For all of its utopian splendor, the only hint that there is any surviving grace in Star Trek is that people still take each other in marriage.

      AI’s would be hard to judge as the only way for it to be known that an AI had free will was to observe it performing an action that was not hardcoded into it. An AI cannot choose to be good if it is incapable of evil, and people would be rightly worried if cyberneticists traveled down that path (although, lawyers specializing in product liability cases would be champing at the bit).

  • willduquette

    No, no. He’s saying, “DISPUTATE! DISPUTATE!”