A faux cardinal tried to bluff his way into the closed-door Vatican meeting of the world’s cardinals, making it past the first phalanx of Swiss guards before someone noticed his outfit was a little bit off. Not only was his cassock too short, but he’d tied a purple scarf around his waist, and was wearing a fedora.
Sadly, “Bishop Ralph Napierski,” wasn’t an intrepid reporter and a merry prankster but rather claims to be
“Basilius” of the Italian Orthodox Church…a founder of the Corpus Dei order — another imaginary group — and he complained that Catholic bishops had “made a mistake by moving priests” who were accused of sexual abuse from parish to parish…“a slave and apostle like St. Paul” and came from “a tribe of the Roman Catholic Church” that is fighting “heresy and false movements” inside the church.
The cardinals are staying together in a building called the Marta complex, built in the 1990s to accommodate the Princes of the Church who complained after the conclave of 1975 that there was only one bathroom for every ten men. Now each single room has its own bathroom, but no TV or radio (or presumably Internet access), but there is a dining room and cafe.
Meanwhile I’ve been absorbed by the Jodi Arias trial: Sex, stalking, obsession, murder, and Mormons. It’s a lurid and creepy case, and an unusual trial, because under Arizona law the jury can submit questions to the defendant who must answer them. That process begins later this week.