Friday, May 13, 2005
Candidate for the Papacy Who Didn't Get the JobHans Grapje was educated in a Catholic school and as a young man aspired to become a priest, but was drafted into the Army during WWII and spent two years copiloting 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
In 1997, Archbishop Grapje was serving in
His long and selfless service resulted in elevation to Cardinal in 2001.
Although Cardinal Grapje devoted his life to the service of God as a scholar, mentor, and holy man, church leaders agreed: he would never ascend to the Papacy. And for good reason ...
No one wanted a one-eyed, one-armed, flying purple Papal leader.
(wish I had written this one.... but no... that charming Anonymous person did)