The Bishop Of The Moon

Jeff Glennon | July 28th, 2019

Yes, the moon does also have a religious bishop that looks after its flock, or aliens. It is a Catholic bishop, and as a result of this bishop looks over the largest spiritual jurisdiction in the Catholic church. It all comes down to a very old and obscure law from 1917.

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Essentially the moon falls under the purview of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida. The Diocese of Orlando, Florida, looks over much of the central Florida area, it covers nine whole counties and hundreds of cities. This amounts to over 400,000 Catholic residents and as strange as it seems, many moon rocks. It takes looking into ancient laws to understand why the moon’s spiritual jurisdiction falls under the ministers of Orlando.

In 1968, William Donald Borders was elected and named as the first bishop of Orlando. Just one year later, the Apollo 11 space mission launched from Cape Canaveral. And when Apollo 11 made their famous journey landing a man on the moon, they also inadvertently made Borders the bishop of the moon.

The Code of Canon Law from 1917, was still in practice at the time, and it had a law that stated that any newly discovered territories would fall under the bishopric from where the discovering expedition had left from. As the Apollo 11 mission launched from the Orlando area, it meant the Bishop Borders was the first bishop of the moon.

And the story goes that when Bishop Borders visited the Pope Blessed Paul VI he casually remarked to the holy father that he was, in fact, the bishop of the moon. Funnily enough, the Pope did not understand and Bishop Borders had to explain. Other religious figures have mentioned that though the title is in good nature, it means quite a little, as on the moon there is no one to have jurisdiction over.

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