Getting past the silliness of this headline, it makes you wonder about the beliefs of people who created this. Do they believe that a Christian minister is nothing more than flesh and blood? If so, then it would make sense that they could make a robot to do exactly what a Christian minister to others. Since people with that mindset would see no spiritual side to what ministers do , then creating an automated priest would do the exact same thing.
A priest is someone who comes between God and man and represents man for his best interests. The Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Episcopalian denominations have priests. How could a robot actually an intermediary between God and man?