The Bishop of the Moon!

The Bishop of the Moon! June 10, 2015

Today in sheer ecclesiastical awesomeness news:

“[Archbishop William Borders] was ordained bishop in 1968 and made the first Bishop of Orlando, Florida. The new diocese encompassed central Florida and included Cape Canaveral, from where, the following year, Apollo 11 launched, bound for the moon. After that historic launch and lunar landing, with all the images of our astronauts walking, golfing, and planting the flag, Borders made an ad limina visit to Rome to meet with Paul VI.

During their meeting, Borders rather nonchalantly observed, “You know, Holy Father, I am the bishop of the Moon.”

Pope Paul looked at him rather perplexed – probably wondering where along the line this American prelate lost his mind. Borders then continued by explaining that by the existing (1917) Code of Canon Law, he was the de facto ordinary of this “newly discovered” territory.”

HT: Whispers in the Loggia

I wonder if the Pope thought Borders a  lunatic?

Ah me.  I slay me.

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  • ivan_the_mad

    “I wonder if the Pope thought Borders a lunatic?”

    Awful…ly funny.

  • Teri Wilkie

    Not a lunatic, just revealing his dark side.

  • You know that there must have been some interesting paperwork percolating through the curia after that conversation. I wonder how that turned out.

  • Is Ceres an O’Neill habitat?

  • Fr. Denis Lemieux

    It’s OK, though, Turns out he was just going through a phase.

  • Alma Peregrina

    The Pope: “Dammit, Bp. Moon Moon, pull yourself together”.

    Meme-people will understand.