Showing posts from January, 2019


1. Paul VI  was the first pope to fly: In 1964, he traveled to the Holy Land. The most frequent flyer was former Pope John Paul II, having traveled over 725,000 miles and visited almost two-thirds of the world.

2. St. Pius was the first pope ever photographed: The image was taken around 1850. Prior to this, the church frowned on photography, preferring in its place the staid classical portraits of yore. Can’t argue with that, after all, oil paint can hide a myriad of sins.

3. All popes used to travel by throne: Prior to 1978, the Bishop of Rome was carried via a silk-covered armchair called a “sedia gestatoria.” The throne sat atop two rods and was transported on the shoulders of twelve footmen. Popes used this form of transportation for nearly 1,000 years!

4. A bird once got a man named pope: Believe it or not, one bishop was appointed Pope when a dove landed on his head! There wasn’t an official system in place used to elect a new pope at the time, so when a dove landed on Bishop Anter…


Catholic Faith Nearly Destroyed his Career
Warning: Going to church every day and being faithful to your wife can be hazardous to your career.
Matthew Archbold
Actor Neal McDonough for years has talked openly about his faith and how his fidelity to his wife nearly cost him his career in Hollywood. You might not know the name but you'll likely recognize him in the photo above. You might recall that McDonough was pretty much a constant on TV for years, and then he was gone... for a while. Why? It’s because the happily married man and Catholic father of five refused to love scenes. And BOOM went the hammer! He was fired from the television show “Scoundrels” and things looked pretty grim for a while. In his own words, he was considered to be a "religious zealot." Yahoo: “I was [surprised], and it was a horrible situation for me,” McDonough said. “After that, I couldn’t get a job because everybody thought I was this religious zealot. I am very religious. I put God and family …
Welcome to the official A COUNTERFEIT PRIEST blog!