The first Malaysian Pope?

Warning: If you are easily offended, please stop reading now. Otherwise, keep an open mind. It was not intended to offend anybody.

I wrote this “article” back in April 2005 when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI. The Joseph Ruspin mentioned in the article lives in the same kampung as me, a Catholic but is not known to be much of a churchgoer. In fact, he is more into “worldly” things (I’ll leave you to interpret the meaning of that yourself). Another person mentioned, Benedict Andsunal, is an acquaintance.

This is a picture of him receiving First Holy Communion, December 1980. I can’t remember seeing him ever entering a church since then.


Joseph Ruspin, 38 created history by being the first ever Asian Pope. Even more shockingly, he achieved the unprecedented feat of a non-priest, and an inactive church goer at that, to bypass even the favoured Cardinal Roberto Vidal of the Phillippines, let alone Bishop John Lee of the diocese of Kota Kinabalu.

Sources within the Vatican said that due to an administrative error blamed on a mentally unstable clerk at the Holy See, Joseph Ratzinger’s name was mistyped twice into the Vatican’s database, first as Joseph Ratruspin, then Joseph Ruspin. Adding to the confusion, due to the similarity of their names, not mentioning their appearances
(although why the age difference did not make them realise their mistake is still a mystery), the ever-effective machinery at the Vatican rushed to send delegates to the hitherto obscure and sleepy Kampung Kionsom Baru to locate Mr Ratruspin, to the bemusement of the locals.

Trusted insiders told that Mr Ratruspin was indulging in his usual habit of participating in a drinking session, and that he was caught by surprise and immediately whisked off to a waiting Vatican-sanctioned helicopter on a connecting flight to Rome. His pleas for mercy went unheeded.

Back at the secret conclave, the obviously unimpressed Cardinal Bishop Joseph Ratzinger asked him immediately on his preferred papal name, upon which Mr Ratruspin blurted out: “apa bah kau cakap ini?” whom even the fluent-in-10-languages Cardinal could not understand. After frantic discussions among themselves, and frantic calls to the
Malaysian Embassy in Rome, they managed to get an interpreter rushed over. After thinking for a good while, Mr Ratruspin created another historic moment when he uttered a name which has never been used as a papal name, Pope Benedict Andsunal I.

Needless to say, the mentally unstable employee was summarily sacked, Pope Benedict Andsunal I’s reign terminated after a mere few minutes, and the rightful Pope Benedict XVI was installed. All these went unnoticed by the 1.1 billion faithful which surely must have stared in disbelief at the sight of the unknown Pope appearing at the Vatican
balcony.

Definitely not by the AFP :-)

18 thoughts on “The first Malaysian Pope?

  1. HAHAHAHAHA! You made me laugh like a mad woman. I can’t imagine a guy halfway drinking tapai got whisked away to Rome, confused and naavuk. LOL!

    Apa bah kau cakap ni?

    If this REALLY happened……. LOL

  2. Indeed, that is the great late Rev Fr Gerard Preyde (died 27th June 2006, aged 87 in a nursing home in Holland). He was rector of St John’s Tuaran, 1976 to 1981. Truly a man who gave his life for God, he spent more than 50 years in Sabah before retiring in 2001. Refer to Catholic Sabah, August 2006 edition.

    http://kkdiocese.net/index.php?choice=12&issue=200608#6

  3. Oh , Sudah mati bah dia ni.. alamak… em,saya ni jarang baca catholic sabah sudah bila sudah sampai di sini.Biasalah… faham-faham sijalah… sia pun baru juga hendak menyesuaikan diri.Dan teda akan pernah sampai akhbar catholic sabah disini.pa buli buat.Sendiri-sendiri saja, lagi sunyi,setiap minggu byk orang keluar,kereta penuh sesak… banyaklah sesak dan sangat sesak… datang sini pun cari $ sambil timba pengalaman.Tapi tidaklah banyak.., Cindy, mcm ko ada majik meneka ni.Bengodomon,sa baru melawat kkdiocese dot net tu,belum pernah lihat lagi.. rindulah balik sabah ni.. sebab di sana meriah dengan aktiviti rohani…sini,takpalah,yang penting selamat… amin.. !!!

  4. Tidak kira di mana kau berada, tidak perlu beli Catholic Sabah – website kkdiocese.net tu akan ada main headlines Catholic Sabah. Bukan macam saya dulu di luar negara, lambat 1 atau 2 minggu terima headlines dari Malaysia – itu pun harap newspaper kena hantar ke Malaysia Hall.

  5. Syukurlah… aku hidup kembali….ada berita katolik di internet…syukur…syukur…banyak terima kasih sama Dia…

  6. Maksud saya adalah headline utama spt Berita Harian, Utusan Malaysia dsb. Semua melalui telex saja. Masa tu WWW belum wujud lagi rasanya (20 tahun lalu!!!!!!!!)

  7. HAHA,,, THIS IS AMONG THE BEST JOKE IN THE WORLD……. POOR MR RATRUSPIN…… SAMPAI SEKARANG MASIH BUJANG KELANA @ BUJANG LAPOKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!

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