Pope Joan / Pope John VIII is said to have held the Pontificate from A. D. 853-855 – a mere two years. Everything was going swimmingly until one fine day in 855 whilst riding on horseback from St. Peter’s to the Lateran, the Pope’s retinue were slightly surprised when the Holy One asked to pull over to the side of the road because he was in some discomfort.
I imagine that they were somewhat even more surprised to find that the Pontiff had not stopped for a whizz, but rather to give birth to a large bouncing baby. Oh yes. Dan Brown is a filthy talentless hack. Oh sorry: I’ve wandered off message for a moment. Anyway…
What exactly became of Pope Joan is something of a mystery. One story has Joan murdered: the people of Rome tied her feet together and dragged her behind a horse while braining her with large rocks. Nice.
Another has it that Joan was sent to a faraway convent to repent her vile evil sins and that the sprog she dropped grew up to become the Bishop of Ostia. Sweet.
So. To get to the point: if we were to choose another female Pope, who would it be? Mary Robinson? Camilla Parker Bowles? Babs Windsor? Jordan? Your suggestions in a comment please!
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More on Pope Joan:
The Museum of Hoaxes
The Lady was a Pope