"Imagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child’s drawing, and he asked to be baptized. How would you react?" Pope Francis posed that question - without insisting on an answer! - to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the Church. But it's not the first time that question has been asked.
"A primer on Catholic doctrine"
There are eight articles in this edition: "The Minsky Moment", by John Cassidy; "Aces", by James McManus; "Beppe's Inferno", by Tom Mueller; "Death in Georgia", by Jeffrey Toobin; "I'll Be a Monkey's Agent", by Paul Rudnick; "Welling Up", by Alex Ross; "Patients, Patients", by Nancy Franklin; and "Young and Restless", by David Denby.