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1. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

As I understand it, Ratzinger was not the Cardinals' first choice. It
was,
interestingly, Cardinal Hans Grapje.

Grapje was raised in a Catholic school and aspired to become a priest,
but
was drafted into the Army during W.W.II and spent two years co-piloting
B-17s until his aircraft was shot down and he lost his left arm.

After the war, he became a priest serving as a missionary in Africa.
While
in Zimbabe, Father Grapje was inside a silver mine when it exploded. He
suffered multiple injuries, including the loss of his right eye.
Exposure
to silver contents in the mine gave him purpura, a life-long condition
characterized by purplish skin.

Although Cardinal Grapje devoted his life to the service of God, 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.

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I bet it's 'cause purple is supposed to be the gay colour.. Same as with that Tellytubbies character..

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

:) It is a joke, a pun on an old song "One eyed, one armed, flying purple people eater"
Just thought after our rash of pope related threads...this would lighten it up a bit:)

4. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

Although Cardinal Grapje devoted his life to the service of God, 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.

But they had accepted a priest who wrote an erotic book in 1444. This is about the two lovers apart from each other, detailing each of their sexual fantasies through exhanging of letters. Who was the pope? Ahh.. Pope Pius II

5. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

:) It is a joke, a pun on an old song "One eyed, one armed, flying purple people eater"
Just thought after our rash of pope related threads...this would lighten it up a bit:)

Errrr.. this is an interesting fact from Popbitch's newsletter:
"Rome’s gay scene is buzzing with the rumour that Pope Benedict XVI has a secret priest lover. The money is on… his 55 year old ex-secretary Josef Clemens."

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Abby - you crack me up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Isa admits to being raised Catholic but never realized how "open-minded" the Priests really were - behind closed closet doors - until now...

[ Edit: One day I will learn to type... ]

7. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Quoting Isadora

Abby - you crack me up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Isa admits to being raised Catholic but never realized how "open-minded" the Priests really were - behind closed closet doors - until now...

Welcome to the priesthood civilization..