Habemus fraudatorem

A reason to get the conclave started already? La Stampa and other news organizations reported today that a man dressed as a bishop was able to sneak into the Vatican and mingle with the 100 or so cardinals meeting to determine schedules and logistics. He gave his name as Basilius and said he belonged to the (nonexistent) order of Corpus Dei of the (nonexistent) Italian Orthodox Church. Neither those details nor the purple scarf used as sash, fake necklace, or black sneakers were enough to warrant suspicion; it was when he apologized for the churchs handling of pedophile priests that he gave himself away. He is, according to early reports, an Australian. More photos here.

Dominic Preziosi is Commonweal’s editor. Follow him on Twitter.

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