Thursday, November 08, 2007

Papal Myths

I am reading on the Five Myths of the Papacy when I got into the last one which made me laugh loudly.
The Myth: All Popes when elected must sit on the Sedes Stercoraria, a chair with a hole in the centre of the seat, without underwear on, in order to have their genitals touched, to prove that they are a man. This arose after Pope Joan ruled to make sure that the same mistake would not occur again.

I didn't even know there was such a myth. And anyway, the writer said that this could not be true because Joan of Arc never became a pope. But that is still a fallacious argument because even if Pope Joan did not exist, it does not disprove the existence of the Sedes Stercoraria. As it turned out, there does exist such a chair.

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