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June 2nd, 2004

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01:29 am - Best. Papal. Comeback. Ever.
I should really be asleep, and I'm about to go hit the sack, but I just had to share this gem from a WWII history book I was flipping through. Describing events in Germany after Hitler's abortive 1923 putsch in Munich:
Robert Murphy, who was the American vice-consul, consulted the papal legate, Monsignor Pacelli, about the incident's significance. The legate assured him Hitler would never again be heard from. Murphy remembered this in 1944 when, as adviser to General Mark Clark, he called on Pacelli, then Pope Pius XII, in newly liberated Rome. "Bob," said His Holiness, patting Murphy on the knee, "that was before I was infallible."
The American Heritage Picture History of World War II, ed. David G. McCullough, p. 19.

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Date:June 1st, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC)
Dude, that SO rocks.
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Date:June 2nd, 2004 07:04 am (UTC)
Plus, I like the thought of the Pope calling someone "Bob." I can't imagine a Pope saying, "Hey, Tim!"
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Date:June 4th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)
They do, actually, but I still think it's a funny comeback.

Interestingly (well, to me, anyway), popes have only been officially infallible since the Vatican Council (aka Vatican I) in 1870.

Hmmm. Vatican I sounds like it should be a NASA probe...

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