February 21, 1245

On February 21, 1245, Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland was granted resignation by Pope Gregory IX. He’d committed several felonies while as Bishop, including torturing a man to death and forging a papal letter. Pope Gregory was thought to have said, “I can forgive the torture and killing of a damned Viking, but forging my signature? That’s unforgiveable. He didn’t even make the ‘o’ look like a heart.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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