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Why female or married person can't be elected as a pope?

Is there a reason (scientific one) or just male chauvinism (maybe just set of rules)?

marked as duplicate by curiousdannii, Ken Graham, DJClayworth, Geremia catholicism Dec 5 '18 at 18:23

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  • What about Pope Joan!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Ken Graham Dec 5 '18 at 14:22
  • @curiousdannii I wouldn't call it an exact duplicate of that question, I believe there has been at least one instance of a layman being elected Pope (or rather conscripted). – Peter Turner Dec 5 '18 at 14:34
  • @Peter Laity isn't the issue, nor what was asked about... True it doesn't cover married priests, but it's a low quality question and a partial duplicate is good enough IMO. – curiousdannii Dec 5 '18 at 15:09
  • @curiousdannii 100% of married people are laypersons, 95% of women are laypersons. That's, what... 195% of all people? – Peter Turner Dec 5 '18 at 15:46
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    @PeterTurner - Not quite 100% of married people in the Catholic Church are laypersons - there are some Eastern Catholics and ex-Anglican clergy who are married but not lay. – davidlol Dec 5 '18 at 16:15

The reasons are neither scientific nor chauvinistic. They are theological and based upon the example of Christ Jesus who was never married, and who never procreated.

There is no biblical precedent for any woman to be the head of any church or for a woman to have authority over a man within the church structure.

"I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man" (1 Timothy 2:12).

"Now I want you to realise that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God" (1 Corinthians 11:3).

"For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour" (Ephesians 5:23).

Those are two reasons why no married man should be elected to the office of Pope and why no woman would ever be elected Pope.

When the Christian church was established in the first century it was laid down according to God's principles of headship and authority. Although I am not a Catholic I believe it is wrong for women to seek election in any church to positions of authority and leadership over men.

The article in this link explains the Catholic view about celibicy, which also covers the reasons why the Pope should not be married: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clerical_celibacy_(Catholic_Church)

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