Julie Lacey
  Vale, OR, United States
 
Pope's wit and Bishop Waldschmidt of Oregon
  Thought you might enjoy this story. I have always loved it. I was a student at University of Portland when Bishop Waldschmidt was president of the university. He was much like the pope in that he could entertain heads of state and still loved sitting down for dinner with college students in our grunged out college rental houses and singing a rousing chorus of "On Top of Old Smokey" after dinner. Paul E. Waldschmidt later became the auxillary Bishop of Portland, Titular Bishop of Cizio,. He was a great guy, very much loved, and humble. He passed away in 1994. Bishop Waldschmidt and Pope John Paul II studied in Rome together during their younger days. When the Pope's biography came out, one of my friends asked Bishop Waldschmidt how he felt about having his grades published for the world to see. And here is the story..... Waldschimdt was in Rome and met the Pope. Bishop Waldschmidt said, "We attended college together and in fact in the new biography of you, a photo of the grade book showing your grades also includes mine. So my grades are out for the world to see." JP11 "How were your grades?" Bishop Waldschmidt, "Not bad, but not as good as yours." The Pope smiled and said, "Well, that's why I'm the Pope!"
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