Fwd: Pope announces priests to become taxonomists

Dirk Albach albach at GMX.NET
Thu Apr 3 12:55:25 CST 2003


The similar story was also told in Europe that people were allowed to eat
beaver on fridays. But this may just have been an excuse by individuals and not
an official decreed. The official church here, nowadays at least, declare it
an urban legend.

Dirk

> I was told a similar story in Brazil re: the capybara, a large rodent.
> The
> Pope declared it a fish (it does swim rather well?) so it could be eaten
> on
> Friday and during Lent.  Don't know if it's true or apocryphal.
>
> At 10:14 AM 4/2/03 -0600, Beach, James H wrote:
> >Normally topics of religion don't fit well with a taxonomic mailing list,
> >but the Polish Pope April Fools item forces me to come forward with this
> >intersection of the two realms.
> >
> >In the land of my childhood, "Downriver" Detroit, there is a large
> community
> >of Polish Catholics in the city of Wyandotte which sits on the banks of
> the
> >Detroit river. In order to accommodate a particular gustatory fondness, a
> >past Pope (so the story goes --I've not been able to track down which
> one.)
> >decreed that the muskrat was a water animal--akin to a fish, in order to
> >allow the Polish Catholic citizens of Wyandotte to eat muskrat on Fridays
> >during Lent.  To this day, if you visit Wyandotte, one can dine on
> muskrat
> >on Friday night.  I haven't tried it, but understand muskrat is now
> farmed
> >to ensure quality.
> >
> >It makes me wonder what other interesting "one-off" classifications the
> >Catholic Church may have in their annals.
> >
> >Jim B.
> >
> >--------------------------------
> >James H. Beach
> >Biodiversity Research Center
> >University of Kansas
> >1345 Jayhawk Boulevard
> >Lawrence, KS 66045, USA
> >Tel: 785 864-4645, Fax: 785 864-5335
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> >
> >
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: John Noyes [mailto:jsn at NHM.AC.UK]
> > > Sent: 02 April, 2003 3:48 AM
> > > To: TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG
> > > Subject: Re: Fwd: Pope announces priests to become taxonomists
> > >
> > >
> > > Doug,
> > >
> > > I wonder. Look at the date!
> > >
> > > John
> > >
> > > At 10:00 AM 4/1/2003 -0800, Doug Yanega wrote:
> > > >This one is an eye-opener. Is there hope for us yet?
> > > >
> > > >>Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 09:32:04 -0800
> > > >>To: dyanega at pop.ucr.edu
> > > >>Subject: Fwd: Pope announces priests to become taxonomists
> > > >>
> > > >>>----------
> > > >>>From Rueters:
> > > >>>
> > > >>>April 1, 2003
> > > >>>
> > > >>>      In a stunning announcement, Pope John Paul today proclaimed
> > > >>>that he intends to make taxonomy, the science of naming and
> > > >>>classifying organisms, one of the Church's highest priorities, and
> > > >>>called upon his priests to turn to the practice of
> > > taxonomy as "a way
> > > >>>of realizing their Divine calling." Citing the Book of
> > > Genesis, the
> > > >>>pontiff explained that the first and only task that God
> > > gave Adam to
> > > >>>perform was the naming of all the earth's creatures, and further
> > > >>>noted that he has been advised that "most scientists believe that
> > > >>>less than 10 percent of the world's species have actually
> > > been given
> > > >>>names as of today." The Pope went on to suggest that the
> > > scientists
> > > >>>will never complete this "Divine mission", and that only if the
> > > >>>Church turns its vast resources and manpower to this problem "can
> > > >>>God's first directive to mankind ever be realized." He
> > > asked that his
> > > >>>priests make it a goal of their lives to undertake the
> > > naming of as
> > > >>>many new species as possible, and to coordinate their efforts "by
> > > >>>forming a Commission whose aim is to identify gaps in present
> > > >>>classification, and delegate responsibility for filling
> > > those gaps."
> > > >>>The Pope further invoked the names of St. Francis of
> > > Assisi and the
> > > >>>monk Gregor Mendel as examples of holy men who felt an
> > > affinity for
> > > >>>God's handiwork as expressed in the natural world,
> > > referring to the
> > > >>>practice of naming creatures as "the world's oldest profession," a
> > > >>>remark which his advisers later apologized for as an unintended
> > > >>>phrasing based upon their translation from Polish to English.
> > > >>>----------
> > > >--
> > > >
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>
> Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
>
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