The Smell of Infallibility

Dr. Fred Hass of San Rafael, California found a recipe for the perfume worn by Pope Pius IX in a limited-edition 1963 cookbook. On a whim, he whipped some up in his kitchen and was quite pleased with the result: "Surprisingly fresh, with notes of citrus and violet." Soon he went into business producing and selling the stuff, which he markets as The Pope's Cologne.

Some details about Pope Pius IX: He had the longest reign in Church history, from 1846 to 1878. During his reign the First Vatican Council decreed that Popes were infallible. He defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. And he was a very nice smelling man.

(Thanks to Prof. Music!)
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 21, 2009
     Category: Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

he needed to smell good because that was back when popes only pretended to be celibate. bad name though, because when i think of the smell of a pope i think old guy with a trace of urine. but hey that's just because i worked in a nursing home for so long. :shut:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/21/09 at 12:27 PM
I always thought something smelled about the church.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/21/09 at 12:44 PM
At least it doesn't smell like artificial deer piss!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/21/09 at 12:45 PM
come on jeff. you know good and well that that the roman catholic church, which at times i have defended here, has been less than shall we say, religious, throughout history. the church has been responsible for much death. there have been sexually active popes and greedy, power hungry popes. even in recent history we have had a church hyerarchy that plays the shell game with ordained pedophiles. the church has, as most churches do, done good works as well. but nothing and no one is perfect and certain times encourage or atleast allow behavior that wouldn't even be contemplated in other times. so if i'm evil for remembering that, or 'gasp' mentioning it then so be it. also if i'm evil for joking about the elderly then let someone who has cared for their every need for atleast 14 years tell me so. what do you think homocide cops joke about. i cleaned up what i mentioned and worse for years. with a heavy heart i bathed people i had come to care about so the funeral home could pick them up. most people who enter nursing homes leave feet first and many of them are beloved to us, the lowly staff who give them care. yes, i still think of myself in those terms even 9 years after i left the heart and body breaking job. you forgot one jeff, that as a minister you should especially remember, 'judge not lest ye be judged' sorry i'm evil, i don't mean to be reverend, pray for me please. (no i'm not mocking you i mean it, i know i'm flawed)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/21/09 at 04:57 PM
@ Patty ~ very well said. I admire you, I believe that working in a nursing home is indeed heartbreaking. I watched my mom pass after several months in nursing home and I got ot know some of the people working there. Many of them were very caring and gentle people. Several that I went to visit after mom died cried with me..yes, actual tears. And don't even get me started on the catholic church...except to say you're right on and then some..
Posted by Skitt in SW USA on 03/23/09 at 03:53 PM
thank you skitt. my heart broke everytime i saw a family crying in grief and loss. please accept my condolences on your mother's passing, no matter how long ago. the pain eases but doesn't ever completely go away. bless you.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/23/09 at 09:17 PM
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