“Joan” disguises herself as a monk, called Joannes Anglicus. In time, she rose to the highest office of the church, becoming a pope.
After two or five years of reign, ‘Pope Joan’ became pregnant, and during an Easter procession, she gave birth to the child on the streets when she fell off a horse. She was publicly stoned to death by the astonished crowd, and according to the legend, removed from the Vatican archives.
As a consequence, certain traditions stated that popes throughout the medieval period were required to undergo a procedure wherein they sat on a special chair with a hole in the seat. A cardinal would have the task of putting his hand up the hole to check whether the pope had testicles, or doing a visual examination. This procedure is not taken seriously by most historians, and there is no documented instance. It is probably a scurrilous legend based on the existence of two ancient stone chairs with holes in the seats that probably dated from Roman times and may have been used because of their ancient imperial origins. Their original purpose is obscure.
I’m here to announce I haven’t disappeared. What a bonus.
I had a trip to the ER which I was able to quickly bounce back from. have been working on an amazingly doofy-cute dog portrait for a new client, as well as a tattoo for a long-ago friend, and have been hunting for a new apartment (one of which happened to be an old funeral home from the 1800s). Things are busy but lovely.
I got a review at work in which my boss’s “only complaint” was that I didn’t make the hospital cat a St. Patrick’s day costume. (I made up for it with the above costume – requested by the most Catholic of coworkers to celebrate the new pope). And yes, that is his Popemobile.
Enjoy, and I hope to get back into the swing of posting soon!
Pretty unexpected news. Argentina is a pretty liberal country, certainly the most liberal in South America. We’ve got marriage equality, very progressive transgender rights, legal (private) marijuana use in Buenos Aires, and the legalization of abortion is presently being debated. I’m a bit worried about what this means for Argentina. An Argentine pope may create a new wave of religiosity. Catholicism is the official religion over there and most people identify as Roman Catholic. Hopefully Argentina will respect secularism and not become “the Pope’s country”.
My dad doesn’t know the new Pope personally, but they have a mutual friend. Apparently this Pope is friendly towards Protestants and more Christ-centric than previous popes. Will he be less of an asshole than Pope Benedict XVI? Only time will tell.
EDIT: He was a strong opponent of marriage equality in Argentina back in 2010, calling it the devil’s work.