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Shamelessly stolen from gomeza, who credits Will S with the story:

Hans Grapje was raised in a Catholic school in The Hague and, as a young
man, aspired to become a priest, but was drafted into the Army during WWII
and spent two years co-piloting B17s until his aircraft was shot down in
1943 and he lost his left arm.

Captain Grapje spent the rest of the war as a chaplain, giving spiritual aid
to soldiers, both Allied and enemy. After the war, he became a priest,
serving as a missionary in Africa, piloting his own plane (in spite of his
handicap) to villages across the continent.

In 1997, Father Grapje was serving in Zimbabwe when an explosion in a silver
mine caused a cave-in. Archbishop Grapje went down into the mine to
administer last rights to those too severely injured to move. Another shaft
collapsed, and he was buried for three days, suffering multiple injuries,
including the loss of his right eye.

The high silver content in the mine's air gave him purpura, a life-long
condition characterized by purplish skin blotches.

Although Cardinal Grapje devoted his life to the service of God as a scholar,
mentor, and holy man, church leaders agree: he will never ascend to the
Papacy. No one wants a one-eyed, one-armed, flying purple Papal leader.


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Apr. 22nd, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)

really BAD

*adds it to my long pun stories*

Apr. 22nd, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh .... that is hysterical!


I needed that today as I sit at work wanting to be home.
Sep. 16th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
*Carefully wipes tea off the moniter while grooooooaning!*

(Thank you, I needed the laugh!)
Sep. 17th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
Checking me out, are you? Almost all my posts are friendslocked. I don't remember which community we crossed paths in, but I recognize your LJ name.

If you're interested, you need to read my bio and disclaimer; and I should probably check you out sometime when I'm awake.

Glad you liked the joke. The song the joke is based on has always been a fun one for me, and Hubby and I like to sing it (badly) to our daughter and completely baffle her. :D
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