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Fake Bishop Sneaks Into Vatican Meeting of Cardinals

Ralph Napierski (left), chats up Cardinal Sergio Sebiastiana and later joined him inside a key meeting on Monday. He was later booted by the Swiss Guards
Interestingly, one Ralph Napierski guy from Australia actually sneaked into the meeting of 100 cardinals and even blended well before he was busted and whisked away by the Swiss Guards.

(Basilius), which happens to be his stage name, claimed to be a member of the Italian Orthodox Church which does not seem to exist. The dude was dressed in a short cassock, an unusual cross necklace, and a purple Episcopal sash that was actually a scarf, according to Italy’s Gazzetta del Sud.

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When interacting with reporters, he said the church made a mistake by moving priests” who were accused of pedophilia around to different parishes, according to Agence France-Presse.

However, it's not clear if the police might just shun his actions and move on.

On Monday the cardinals convened for the first time for critical meetings in which they discuss the issues facing the church as they consider a new Pope. First on the agenda is announcing the date the Conclave will begin.

“All I can say is that everyone seated for the congregation is a real cardinal,” Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said after Napierski was busted, according to AFP

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