Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Truth Is Stranger #7: Beware of False Papal Organists

Not exactly in the "false prophets" arena, but still, a true (!) story:

There's only one Vatican organist, but the threat of others looking to make a name by claiming papal endorsement has prompted an official warning against fakes, Italian media reported.

"Any other person claiming the same title and the same merits is an imposter," wrote Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, archpriest of Saint Peter's Basilica, in a letter quoted by the ANSA news agency.

...The warning was apparently aimed at a young Italian organist, Massimiliano Muzzi, who has billed himself "the organist of Pope Benedict XVI" ahead of a tour of the United States, Germany and New Zealand
The first clue was when he warmed the pipes with "They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love."


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