The fedora hat amid a group of red skull caps should have been a dead giveaway.
A “fake bishop’’ named Ralph Napierski was caught by Swiss guards trying to sneak into a secretive gathering of Catholic cardinals at the Vatican on Monday, but not until after he had posed for a photo with a real, high-ranking cardinal.
Napierski was pictured wearing a fedora instead of the cardinals' traditional red skull cap, as well as a purple sash around his waist that turned out to be an ordinary scarf, according to a report by USA Today. He was stopped by Swiss security before he was able to join the 140 real cardinals in Paul VI Hall who have gathered from around the world to discuss possible candidates to replace Pope Benedict XVI.
On his website, Napierski lists himself as a bishop from the fictional order of Corpus Dei, calling himself “a slave and apostle like St. Paul.’’ His contact information on the site lists Germany as his home country. He also told reporters at the Vatican that he was a member of the Italian Orthodox Church, which does not exist, according to the London Telegraph.
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