Robopriest: Catholic church could classify ROBOTS with advanced AI as priests, Sister suggests
Robopriest: Catholic church could order advanced AI ROBOTS as a priest, Franciscan Sister proposes, with the church en route to a & # 39; post-human priesthood & # 39;
- Catholic sister suggests that artificial intelligence robots can be used as priests
- Theologian Ilia Delio said that robot priests could replace people or work with them
- Benefits of AI include being unable to engage in sexual abuse and being gender neutral
- Robots have been used for several years to read Buddhist funeral rights in Japan
A senior Catholic sister and theologian has suggested that advanced robots can be used as priests.
Franciscan sister Ilia Delio, who has two doctorates and a chair in theology at the University of Villanova, said the priesthood should be re-imagined & # 39; with robots working next to or instead of human religious figures.
Delio, who talks about theology and science around the world, said that robot priests would have certain advantages, such as being unable to commit sexual abuse and being gender neutral.
The sister, who holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair of Theology at the University of Villanova, added that male priests have a & # 39; very patriarchal & # 39; system, something that would be challenged by artificial intelligence.
She said that Catholicism has fixed ideas about what a priest is, which should evolve as technology develops.
The human-like robot Sophia, who spoke earlier this month during an event in Mexico City. Sister and theologian Ilia Delio suggest that AI will be used to hold Catholic ceremonies
Pepper the robot has been used for years to perform Buddhist funeral rights in Japan. Nissei Eco Co. has programmed Pepper to recite sutra & # 39; s as part of the funeral industry of the company
Delio told Vox: & # 39; Take the Catholic Church. It is very masculine, very patriarchal and we have this whole crisis of sexual abuse. Would I want a robot priest? Can be. & # 39;
& # 39; A robot can be gender neutral. It may perhaps transcend some of those differences and improve the community in a way that is more liberating. & # 39;
Her comments came after a new robot priest, Mindar, delivered a speech earlier this month in Kodaiji – a 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.
Buddhist funeral has been performed in Japan by an AI robot for several years.
According to Delio, robots can also play a social role in ways that human priests cannot.
She added that people should not be afraid that robots will replace them & # 39; but instead consider their use as a partnership.
Franciscan sister Ilia Delio (left) claims that advanced robot priests (on the right an artificial intelligence robot) will replace people or work with them
Delio said: & # 39; We tend to think in an or / or framework: we or the robots. But this is about partnership, not replacement. It can be a symbiotic relationship – if we approach it that way.
& # 39; The Catholic thought would say that the priest changed ontologically at ordination. Is that really true?
& # 39; We have these fixed philosophical ideas and AI challenges those ideas – it challenges Catholicism to go to a post-human priesthood. & # 39;
Other religions have used robots for religious ceremonies, with some performing funeral rituals.
In Japan the option to pay a robot named Pepper to perform a funeral has been available for years at a much cheaper rate.
Pepper, the humanoid robot made by SoftBank Robotics, recites a Buddhist sutra in a temple in Yokohama in July
In the Longquan Monastery of Beijing in China, an android monk Xian is used to it recite Buddhist mantras & offer spiritual guidance.
But other Catholics do not see a robot as being able to play the same spiritual role as a human priest.
Sister Mary Christa Nutt, RSM, that robots cannot be priests because they are incapable of having an intellect or a will to cooperate in God's grace.
She told me Catholic press agency: & # 39; It has to do with our Catholic understanding of the need for human mediation, cooperation with inner grace.
& # 39; We are not dualists. So we do not separate the importance of the rites and the physical involvement of all the senses in the rites is very important.
& # 39; But they are not enough. There must be inner cooperation between intellect and will. & # 39;
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