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Monday, 04 April 2005
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I couldn’t resist posting another photograph of Billie this evening.  Billy is Spenker’s least most beautiful cat.  Starlight is slimmer and far more beautiful.  Unfortunately Starlight is camera shy.

Given recent events I have being researching a bit of papal history.  In the early church, clerical celibacy was not such a big thing as it is today in the Roman Catholic church.  This I remember from school history where we were taught that celibacy was a way for the church to ensure that the wealth accumulated by senior clergy like bishops was passed back into the church, and not inherited by children.  Spiritual justification followed, but man shall not live by bread alone and so popes and bishops continued to have nephews. Of course nephews don’t have the same inheritance rights.  Another interesting story concerns the female pope, Pope Joan (who was allegedly English).  Both Straightdope and Wikipedia suggest the popess Joan is a myth.  (The wikipedia article is a must-read its explanation of how the cardinals ensure that they don’t elect a female pope, a method taken seriously by this morning’s Independent).

Wikipedia also notes under the heading monarch that

Some European languages have a feminine form of the word pope, such as the French papesse, used among other things for the High Priestess tarot card.

A non-mythical entity of course is the anti-pope.  There have been several.  One day Sinead O’Connor might become one.

Posted by bigblue on 04/04/2005 at 11:35 PM
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