Who was the first bishop of the Moon?

Father Z has a post noting that Archbp. William Borders had once staked his claim to have been the first bishop of the moon. The theory works like this: In 1969, Borders was the Bishop of Orlando, and because Apollo 11 had departed from Cape Kennedy, which lay within the Diocese of Orlando, Borders acquired jurisdiction when Eagle landed on the Moon. (Notwithstanding, by the way, that neither Armstrong nor Aldrin, nor the orbiting Collins, were Catholics.) Call it “port of origin jurisdiction.”

The claim is easily tested because there is ample history from which to analogize. In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, as everyone knows, landing in San Salvador, Cuba, and Hispaniola. Fewer people know that he set sail from Palos de la Frontera, and back in 1492, so far as I can tell, that town was within the Archdiocese of Seville. (Today it is within the Diocese of Huelva, carved out of Seville in 1952.) Thus, under Borders’ “port of origin” theory, Seville acquired jurisdiction over those territories between 1492 and 1493. Thus, so long as the Church recognizes then-Archbp. Diego Hurtado de Mendoza—the ordinary over Palos de la Frontera in 1492—as the first bishop of San Salvador, Cuba, and Hispaniola, Archbp. Borders is in good shape. If she doesn’t, he may need to call the leg store for something to stand on.

The idea seems preposterous to us, but in due course, I expect that there will be a Bishop of the Moon; perhaps even several. And of Syria Planum, and so on. Colonization of the solar system is a stock image of science fiction, and where man goes, the Church will go also, shepherded by her bishops.