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The new Pope...........................

Postby motoman » Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:47 pm

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was not the Cardinals' first choice to be the new pope, and to become Pope Francis. Their first choice 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 bombers 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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RE: The new Pope...........................

Postby GeorgeW » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:55 pm

You should be ashamed.

You are clearly destined for The Great Big Burning Fire and a good thing too.
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Re: RE: The new Pope...........................

Postby GreenBean » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:23 am

GeorgeW wrote:You should be ashamed.

You are clearly destined for The Great Big Burning Fire and a good thing too.

Thank you George. It seems that you are the only person brave enough to make any comment on this story. :?
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Re: RE: The new Pope...........................

Postby motoman » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:48 am

GreenBean wrote:
GeorgeW wrote:You should be ashamed.

You are clearly destined for The Great Big Burning Fire and a good thing too.

Thank you George. It seems that you are the only person brave enough to make any comment on this story. :?


Oh dear, someone please lend me a shovel and I will proceed on my downward journey to my well deserved destiny.
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Re: RE: The new Pope...........................

Postby bruceb » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:49 pm

motoman wrote:
GreenBean wrote:
GeorgeW wrote:You should be ashamed.

You are clearly destined for The Great Big Burning Fire and a good thing too.

Thank you George. It seems that you are the only person brave enough to make any comment on this story. :?


Oh dear, someone please lend me a shovel and I will proceed on my downward journey to my well deserved destiny.
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Re: RE: The new Pope...........................

Postby GreenBean » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:12 am

bruceb wrote:
motoman wrote:
GreenBean wrote:
GeorgeW wrote:You should be ashamed.

You are clearly destined for The Great Big Burning Fire and a good thing too.

Thank you George. It seems that you are the only person brave enough to make any comment on this story. :?


Oh dear, someone please lend me a shovel and I will proceed on my downward journey to my well deserved destiny.
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Don't do it Pete.:? I have no way to be certain about this but I expect there are plenty of reasons for a good belly laugh down there already. Up here, however, we are in desperate need of your talents. :wink:
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