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Ralph Napierski, Fake Bishop, Sneaks Into College Of Cardinals, Caught By Swiss Guard

03/04/2013 05:32 pm ET | Updated Mar 05, 2013

As the Catholic Church's College of Cardinals meets to begin the process of selecting a new pope, a so-called "fake bishop" has been caught seeking out a true insider's look at the normally secretive process.

The impostor, identified as Ralph Napierski, was reportedly caught sneaking into a gathering of cardinals. Before his ruse was discovered, Napierski had already passed by a security station manned by Swiss Guards and had even posed for photos with at least one high-profile (and real) cardinal.

According to USA Today, security became suspicious of Napierski when they realized his cassock seemed shorter than appropriate. Also tip-offs: Napierski wore a black fedora instead of a skull-cap, and his bright purple sash was actually a common scarf.

According to The Telegraph, Napierski told reporters he belonged to the reportedly non-existent Italian Orthodox Church. A blog that appears to be associated with Napierski claims he is a bishop of a Catholic order called the Corpus Dei, also said to be fabricated. Napierski's contact information on the blog points to an address in Germany.

Agence France-Presse reports Napierski told members of the media that his name is "Basilius," and that he took particular issue with the Catholic church moving priests accused of pedophilia to different churches.

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