The WOMAN POPE
DR. KLUANE SPAKE
While in Rome, we rushed off to find the Woman Pope! My study group and I heard rumors about her – and we wanted to find out more…
For over a thousand years her existence has been denied. But, her story will not die–Pope Joan,
It is widely said that she is a legend, apocryphal – a hoax… But, was she?
It didn’t take long for us to find this beautiful statue of her that still stands in Rome… Joanna with papal crown. Why is her statue there?
I think of this possibility every day — as “Woman Pope” has been my computer access code for the last 10 years!!
Of course, all 266 other popes are male… but this is a story of a woman in disguise.
It is said that Pope Joan reigned as John VIII from 855-859, in the strange gap between Pope Leo IV (847-855) and Benedict III (855-858). Apparently, she ruled the highest office possible in the Catholic Church – with greater spiritual and governmental authority or power than any other woman.