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First Papal Choice.

Interesting Information

As I understand it, Ratzinger was not the Cardinal's first choice. That was,
interestingly, Cardinal Hans Grapje. Grapje was raised in a Catholic school
in The Hague and, as a young man, aspired to become a priest, but was
drafted into the Army during WWII and spent two years co-piloting B17s until
his aircraft was shot down in 1943 and he lost his left arm.

Captain Grapje spent the rest of the war as a chaplain, giving spiritual aid
to soldiers, both Allied and enemy. After the war, he became a priest,
serving as a missionary in Africa, piloting his own plane (in spite of his
handicap) to villages across the continent.

In 1997, Father Grapje was serving in Zimbabwe when an explosion in a silver
mine caused a cave-in. Archbishop Grapje went down into the mine to
administer last rights to those too severely injured to move.

Another shaft collapsed, and he was buried for three days, suffering
multiple injuries, including the loss of his right eye. The high silver
content in the mine's air gave him purpura, a life-long condition
characterized by purplish skin blotches.

Although Cardinal Grapje devoted his life to the service of God as a
scholar, mentor, and holy man, church leaders felt that he should never
ascend to the Papacy.

They felt that the Church would never accept a one-eyed, one-armed, flying
purple Papal leader.


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Same thing posted last week

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And "rites" was spelt wrong in that one too.

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oops, sorry. I didn't see it.

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I had to take a weekend off.

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You're both wrong -- Breaking News! -- GWB is the new Pope!!

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Bush Wins Papal Vote
Reuters - 18 April 2005 0953 GMT

VATICAN CITY - In a turn of events that stunned Vatican officials, U.S. President George W. Bush has been named to succeed John Paul II as the next leader of the Catholic Church.

For the first time in history, the College of Cardinals employed electronic voting machines to select the next Supreme Pontiff. Bush won by a margin of 2,528 votes, despite the fact that only 115 Cardinals took part in the process.

The machines, which were last used in the 2004 Ohio presidential election, also registered minus 27 votes for Democratic candidate John Kerry.

''It's a miracle!'' cried Kenneth Blackwell, spokesperson for voting machine manufacturer Diebold Corporation. ''God has spoken.''

Supporters of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, whom early exit polls had leading by a comfortable margin in the voting, demanded a recount.

But Blackwell said the voting machines, which had been modified to emit a plume of white smoke when a plurality was reached, are unable to produce a paper audit trail, rendering a recount impossible.

When informed of his victory, President Bush expressed surprise. ''I was not aware I was running for the popecy,'' he said. ''I wish people would tell me these things.''

However, he added that he would be ''honored and privileged to serve as Supreme Pontoon for the rest of my natural life, or until I die, whichever comes first.''

The newly-elected Pope, considering the fact that the previous two were both named John Paul, will keep his own name George but add ''Ringo'' to it. ''After John-Paul, I really did think that we should also honorate George and Ringo,'' his Holiness, George-Ringo stated.
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if my back didn't ache Josh

i would be bowing in homage




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(NT) (NT) Ouch!

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