Main | Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Spot The Fake Bishop

That's him on the left.
Ralph Napierski, a self-appointed bishop from an apparently fictional order called Corpus Dei, managed to get through a checkpoint manned by Swiss Guards but was stopped before entering the Paul VI Hall, where the cardinals were gathering. Dressed in fake bishop’s vestments, complete with a purple sash, Mr Napierski smiled to photographers as he mixed with more than 140 cardinals from around the world as they filed into the hall to discuss the challenges facing the Church and possible “papabili” or papal candidates. He said that he was a member of the “Italian Orthodox Church”, which does not exist, and said the Catholic Church had made grave errors by allowing priests accused of child abuse to move around different parishes.

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