Priest Mistakes Legitimate Invitation to Meet with Pope as Spam – Oops!

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It seems like the clergy are subject to the same earthly problems as the rest of us after all. In this case, spam. A Roman Catholic priest, Reverend James Shea of Killdeer, ND, received an email from the White House, containing an invitation to meet Pope Benedict XVI during the Pope’s recent visit to the United States. Pope spam indeed!

Rather than make plans to travel to Washington, Revered Shea deleted the email, believing it to be spam. Perhaps he was, quite understandably, guided in his decision to do so by the date on which the email was delivered – April Fool’s Day. Perhaps again he was suffering under the deluge of spam that floods the mailboxes of so many people today. “I put it in the same place I put all the e-mails with special offers for Viagra,” Shea said.

However, it turned out that the email invitation had been legit!

Luckily, Reverend Shea was contacted a little time later to follow-up on the invitation. There’s no news on whether he did renew his relationship with the Pope, whom, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Reverend Shea had known when he studied for the priesthood in Rome.

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