Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions concerning the office and the role of the pope.

4
votes
3answers
83 views

What are the minimum requirements for becoming pope?

If the conclave decided for whatever reason to choose a person who was not overwhelmingly qualified such as a cardinal or other prominent bishop, what requirements need that person have fulfilled to ...
3
votes
0answers
75 views

What happens if a Pope is unable to continue his duties due to physical or mental illness?

Say that a Pope becomes bedridden and so he cannot go out in public and does not have the stamina to perform other duties. Or he begins suffering from Alzheimer's and thus cannot remember that he is ...
4
votes
3answers
178 views

Could the Pope be removed from office for lapses in judgment?

While the question is brushed up against in What would happen if the Pope were to abuse his power?, that question focused more on heresy and the Pope's ability to make heretical statements under ex ...
5
votes
2answers
101 views

According to the Catholic magisterium, are sedevacantists by definition schismatics?

This is both a terminology question and a Catholic doctrine question regarding the status of sedevacantists, that is, those who reject the current pope as illegitimate. I found the following Catholic ...
-8
votes
2answers
101 views

Chair of Moses - Clerical Infallibility [closed]

Catholics understand that there exists clerical infallibility in the New Covenant, in other words that the Pope and the Bishops united to him can exercize a charisma of infallibility which is ...
6
votes
2answers
113 views

May the Pope waive the requirements of Canon Law in the appointment of bishops?

Earlier this year, as part of the effort to normalize relations between the Vatican and China, the New York Times reported that the Vatican asked one of its bishops to step down to make way for a ...
1
vote
4answers
360 views

Has anyone in history suffered God’s visible wrath by uttering disrespect & attack on the dignity of the Vicar of Christ?

We know from Apostle’s times that Jesus claimed that an attack or persecution to the Church member’s is a direct attack on Himself what more to a Vicar of Christ. The Road to Damascus "As Saul ...
7
votes
4answers
328 views

What happens if the Pope is automatically excommunicated?

Some actions incur automatic excommunication. While it is debated whether a Pope can lose the office via heresy, what happens if a pope commits a sin other than heresy, such as abortion or violating ...
1
vote
1answer
133 views

What and where are the evidences for the Catholic Church's Apostolic Succession?

How come there is no evidence issued out by the Vatican that proves their list of Popes that have carried on from Apostle Peter? I can't find this anywhere and since I can't meet Pope Francis unless ...
2
votes
2answers
151 views

What are the main differences between the Catholic Popes and the Mormon Prophets?

I ask this question, as a Catholic, because Mormonism is hierarchical in structure and has a lot of similarities with Catholicism, although seemingly they are superficial as in being surface ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

Popes Coat of Arms and Saint Malachy Prophecy of the popes

I was going to ask about the potential validity of the saint Malachy prophesy of the popes as I once did on "Catholic Answers" message board years ago, but doing a search to check for redundancy, I ...
2
votes
2answers
408 views

How did Pope Urban II justify the first Crusade?

According to the ten commandments, you shall not kill anyone. How did Pope Urban II justify from a theological standpoint the First Crusade? Since it was successful, Pope Urban II must have had to ...
8
votes
3answers
121 views

What is the fewest number of cardinal electors are needed to validly elect a pope?

What is the fewest number of cardinal electors are needed to validly elect a pope? Pope St. John Paul II, in his Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis on the vacancy of the Apostolic See ...
6
votes
2answers
291 views

When Pope Francis dies, is Pope Benedict automatically the 'new' leader for a short period?

Benedict XVI is, after his resignation in 2014, still pope. Does this mean that if the current Pope Francis suddenly dies that he will become automatically the new pope for a period until a new pope ...
7
votes
1answer
68 views

Has a pope ever visited Macau?

Has any pope ever visited Macau? I can't seem to find any information on it. If a pope hasn't visited Macau before, why not? The Catholic Diocese of Macau is directly administered by the Holy See so ...
3
votes
2answers
150 views

Who has the authority to change the wording of the Lord's Prayer in the Catholic Church in the United States?

A couple days ago the pope called for a change in wording of the Lord's Prayer (or Our Father) The current wording that says "lead us not into temptation" is not a good translation because God does ...
2
votes
3answers
251 views

Can Papal Supremacy be relinquished?

Is there anything in the Roman Catholic doctrine of papal supremacy that would prohibit the Pope from relinquishing his authority as head of the Church, and instead be "First among Equals?" One of ...
4
votes
1answer
59 views

Is the Pope allowed to notarize various Vatican documents?

The pope can do many things and certainly has much moral authority. Hence, it sounds reasonable for the pope to be able to notarize (certify) Vatican documents. Also in history, many notaries were ...
2
votes
3answers
239 views

How long can the Catholic Church be without a pope?

According to Wikipedia the longest papal election in the history of the Catholic Church was from November 1268 to September 1, 1271. How long can the Catholic Church be without a pope so that we can ...
3
votes
1answer
88 views

Evidence that Peter alone was made a Bishop by Christ?

This got my attention. Although I don't currently agree with it, it's an intriguing question which I am open to accept if sufficient evidence is found. Now when I read classical works on the Papacy (...
4
votes
1answer
221 views

Could a cardinal or pope have children if they are a widower?

Could it be possible for a cardinal,or even the pope to have children,if he had been married previously,and then taken up holy orders after being widowed? This would seem to fulfil the requirements ...
5
votes
0answers
210 views

What is the Roman Catholic Church doctrinal justification of its perceived opposition or support of the independence of Catalonia?

According to the New York Daily News, Vida Nueva (New Life) internet publication said the pope told Spain's new ambassador to the Vatican, Gerardo Bugallo, that the Holy See is against all self-...
7
votes
2answers
569 views

How did the doctrine of the pope having “supreme, full, immediate, and universal power in the care of souls” originate?

The Pope enjoys, by divine institution, "supreme, full, immediate, and universal power in the care of souls" This is the text of paragraph 937 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. How did this ...
0
votes
2answers
273 views

When was papal supremacy accepted by the entirety of the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church has an unbroken list of Popes from Peter through Francis I. Was there a time when all, or at least the vast majority of, Christianity recognized them as the supreme authority over ...
7
votes
1answer
62 views

What did the commisioning of the preaching of crusades involve?

I was reading about St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and this appears: The pope commissioned Bernard to preach a new Crusade A similar phrase appear in the respective Wikipedia article. I get what it ...
2
votes
1answer
124 views

What is Ultramontanism & Neo-ultramontanism?

...The accusations stem from two Italian left-wing Ultramontanists... ...But now that Pope Francis has opened up new spaces, liberals, too, have to learn how to be critically obedient without ...
4
votes
1answer
110 views

Are there any Antipope Saints aside from Hippolytus of Rome?

Have any antipopes other than Antipope Hippolytus of Rome ever been canonized as saints by the Roman Catholic Church?
2
votes
1answer
112 views

Have cardinals ever been deprived of revenue or rations for taking too long to elect a pope?

Yesterday I asked a general question about the pope's ability to revoke decrees of an ecumenical council, in the context of the Second Council of Lyon (1274). In order to ensure that new popes were ...
7
votes
2answers
545 views

When and how can a pope revoke the decrees of an ecumenical council?

I recently learned that Pope John XXI revoked a decree passed at the Second Council of Lyon (1274). The Catholic Encyclopedia reads: Gregory X, to avoid a repetition of the too lengthy vacancies ...
12
votes
2answers
193 views

What role do the people of Rome play in the election of a pope?

Everett Ferguson, in Church History, I, 20.I, describes the process for papal election set down in the Lateran decree of 1059 (In nomine Domini) as follows: The election of the pope was to be by ...
8
votes
1answer
985 views

What does “people of good will” mean in Encyclicals?

Many encyclicals are directed not only to Catholics but to all "people of good will". Just a few examples: Laudato si: Why should this document, addressed to all people of good will, include a ...
5
votes
0answers
84 views

How is the “perpetual” excommunication of Acacius by Felix III currently understood in Catholicism?

Around AD 485, the patriarch of Constantinople, Acacius, was excommunicated by Pope Felix III, in a dispute over both theology and authority. This excommunication, however, seems unique in that it ...
4
votes
1answer
265 views

What are the duties of a Pope? Can a pope be “good” or “bad” in this perspective?

Is there something like "bad" or "good" popes"? What is the meaning when a pope is qualified "good" or "bad", with the historical perspective. For instance, some popes have bad reputation in the ...
4
votes
1answer
204 views

Can a pope name his successor?

Is it possible for a pope name his successor? There are some that believed that the Prince of the Apostles, St Peter, actually named his successor, but this tradition can in no way be verified. There ...
1
vote
0answers
61 views

Has a pope ever been corrected publicly by a non-cleric in the presence of cardinals because of his immoral conduct?

Has a pope ever been corrected publicly by a non-cleric in the presence of cardinals because of his immoral behavior? As we all know, popes are not immune to living sinful lives. In fact, several ...
2
votes
1answer
383 views

Has there ever been an Eastern Catholic Pope (Post-Schism)?

Every Pope that I've heard of has been from the Latin rite/the Roman Catholic Church. Is it possible for the Pope to be a bishop from an Eastern Catholic church instead? For example I reckon it'd be ...
6
votes
1answer
121 views

Can a Pope elevate a non-heretical yet minority opinion to the level of dogma?

For example, the empty Hell theory is a relatively recent theological theory that states that Hell is real, but it is empty and will always be empty. There is nothing in this doctrine that conflicts ...
1
vote
2answers
153 views

According to Catholicism, how did Clement of Rome become a Pope?

We know Clement from the New Testament scripture, but Clement has not written anything about him being a Pope. I have never heard of any other early church fathers who says he was. How does the ...
5
votes
3answers
399 views

Can a pope be a heretic?

Say for example a Pope infallibly declares that Mary was not a virgin, and is currently rotting in Hell. This obviously contradicts established Catholic Dogma. What would happen in this case? Would ...
5
votes
1answer
63 views

Papal resignations and participation in subsequent conclaves

If a pope abdicates, after his successor's death, would he able to participate in the conclave, and if chosen is there any ruling to prevent him from being able to be pope again? The only examples I ...
21
votes
1answer
2k views

Has a pope ever been corrected publicly by a non-cleric in the presence of cardinals because of the unclear wording of a papal document?

At the moment there is a lot of talk about four cardinals who have submitted a dubia to Pope Francis regarding the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. In one article it stated that: "any 'fraternal ...
1
vote
1answer
125 views

When and for what reasons does the Pope have the right to legitimately excommunicate members of the Church?

Please explain me the teaching of the Church on the subject of validity of papal excommunications. I’ve met one priest who holds that popes can only excommunicate members of the Church for real and ...
4
votes
1answer
935 views

When did a “formal act of correction” of a pope's statement happen in the past?

In this article Cardinal Raymond Burke has now indicated the cardinals are contemplating a “formal correction” should the pope fail to address their concerns. Also, he states: Historically, in the ...
3
votes
1answer
112 views

Hebrews 5:1 and the pope

When reading Hebrews 5 I couldn't help but think of the Catholic Church and the position of pope. Would Catholicism regard the role of pope as appointed/anointed to "act on behalf of men in relation ...
4
votes
2answers
589 views

What is the origin of the Catholic Pope in the Bible?

It is well known that the most important position in the Catholic church is the pope, but how did this position arise? I know that Peter was told by Jesus that he was "The rock upon which He will ...
8
votes
0answers
241 views

Was William of Ockham the first sedevacantist?

Ockham (cf. this article on him by the Catholic logician Paul V. Spade) invented his dead-end nominalist philosophy in order to justify his being against the papacy (cf. Thomist John Deely's Four Ages ...
4
votes
1answer
177 views

Papal Blessing at World Youth Day 2016

A friend of mine will be attending World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland from July 26 - August 1. He will be carrying some religious medals with him to be blessed by Pope Francis. He is under the ...
7
votes
2answers
238 views

When it seems a Pope has heretical beliefs, who determines whether those beliefs are Magisterial?

I know that even some Catholics think that certains Popes held personal heresies (were material heretics). For example Honorius I believed that Jesus had only one will, the heresy of monothelitism. I ...
6
votes
2answers
350 views

In Catholic understanding when there is more than one Pope, who decides which Pope is real and by what criteria?

I know at various periods of history cardinals were split submitting to multiple competing popes. However as they die, eventually only one Pope is considered the 'real' infallible Pope, and the others ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

Is there such a thing as a 'concordat' today in the Catholic church?

Background to question raised: I have been reading old histories where as a background stage, there were various antipopes (sometimes even 3 competing popes at the same time). The complex ...