Friday, March 8, 2013

Vatican Imposter?

As the College of Cardinals began its opening meeting of the General Congregation during the Sede Vacante, an impostor attempted to infiltrate the Vatican.  But the self supposed bishop was wise enough not to wear  St. Louis Cardinal's attire.

Some wags have wondered if "Father" Guido Sarducci would make his way to St. Peters Square. Well,  when Don Novello (a.k.a. Fr. Guido Sarducci) conducted a photo shoot for Time Magazine in 1981, he was arrested by the Swiss Guard for "impersonating a priest". 

The Vatican Imposter did not get very far into St. Peter's before he was apprehended by the Swiss Guards.  Moreover, the General Sessions were off the record but before the Conclave 2013, when the real contest for Vatican Idol occurs.  

The Conclave cuts off the Cardinal Electors from the world until they decide upon the new Pope.  Vatican security is so tight that security has lifted the floors at the Sistine Chapel to install cell phone blockers and prevent wiretaps.

Sistine Chapel having security preparations for Conclave 2013

Now who is a Cardinal who was born in St. Louis and is a Cardinals fan?  The Cardinal Elector who is the current President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan. 

h/t:  Mike Peters

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