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Questions tagged [papacy]

Questions concerning the office and the role of the pope.

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Is the Pope Emeritus infallible?

Currently the Catholic Church has a Pope Emeritus (Benedict XVI). This is, to the best of my knowledge, the first time that such position has existed. There have been and still are plenty of bishop ...
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Does the Traditionalist and Sedevacantist ignore the words of St.Ambrose saying “Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia, Ibi Deus”?

The above Latin quote, attributed to St. Ambrose means “Where Peter is, there is the Church, there is God.” According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), Jesus “entrusted a specific ...
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What does it mean when Archbishop Ganswein stated that Pope Benedict XVI expanded the Petrine Ministry?

Archbishop Gänswein: "Benedict XVI Sees Resignation as Expanding Petrine Ministry". In a speech reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate, Archbishop Georg Gänswein has confirmed the existence of ...
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When was the formal title of Pope first officially bestowed on the Bishops of Rome?

I’ve read conflicting claims about who the first Pope was. I read this question in a newspaper - "Was Boniface the first true Pope?" Boniface I (418-22) was spoken of as a pope, but so were his ...
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When does the Pope speak ex cathedra?

The Catholic Church considers the Pope infallible, but only in limited circumstances. The Pope is a human being like the rest of us, and capable of sinning. However, when the Pope speaks ex cathedra, ...
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Can the Pope speak ex cathedra about the return of Christ?

Can the Pope speak ex cathedra about the return of Christ? Specifically, if someone approached the Vatican, met with the Pope, and convinced him that he was the second coming of Christ, could the ...
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According to Catholicism who was the Pope that immediately followed Peter? [duplicate]

Do they supply a list of all the Popes from Peter onward? Or do they not claim to be able to trace the heritage of the papacy that far back?
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According to Pentecostalism, was the Pope biblically justified in saying that an unbelieving man is in heaven?

Pope Francis consoles a boy who asked if his non-believing father is in Heaven (YouTube) Here we have a son asking the Pope whether his father would be granted admission in the Kingdom of God. His ...
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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 ...
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Was the Catholic title “vicar of Christ” conceived as an “assistant” or an “agent”?

I was under the impression that a "vicar" was a "replacement" or "one acting in the stead of" another (an "agent") but it appears the Roman title of "vicar" seems to be more of an assistant. What is ...
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What is the meaning behind this coin of Pope St. John Paul II?

I have in my possession a big coin in a nice box with the papal heraldry of Pope St. John Paul II. I am very curious Where this coin came from and why this coin exists. I have found many ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Popes' Coat of Arms and Saint Malachy Prophecy of the Popes

I was going to ask about the potential validity of the Saint Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes as I once did on "Catholic Answers" message board years ago, but doing a search to check for redundancy, I ...
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Legal base for “any male baptized Catholic is eligible to be elected Pope”

A lot of sources (e.g. Wikipedia) mention the fact that "any male baptized Catholic is eligible" to become Pope. I'd like to find the canon law (if any) that states this fact. Canon 332 states that If ...
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According to Anglicanism, is the Pope the Antichrist?

In the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter XXV, article 6, we read: There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but ...
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Why female or married person can't be elected as a pope? [duplicate]

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)?
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Unique “traditional” souvenirs people may obtain from the pope or other Catholic prelates?

Unique "traditional" souvenirs people may obtain from the pope or other Catholic prelates? Believe it or not, there’s a way to get the pope to surrender his zucchetto to you, while in the presence of ...
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Was Peter ever in Rome? [duplicate]

Is there any Biblical or historical evidence that Peter ever went to Rome? If not, how can Peter be considered the first Pope? Please note that unlike the following questions (What evidence is there ...
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What evidence is there that Peter was a bishop in Rome?

The Encyclopaedia Brittanica says The claims that the church of Rome was founded by Peter or that he served as its first bishop are in dispute and rest on evidence that is not earlier than the ...
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Does Catholicism teach that the Pope is God?

I am non-denominational. I have a couple Catholic friends and one of them told me that the Pope is God. Remembering what I heard about the Catholic religion, I corrected him and said that he was at ...
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In the history of the Catholic Church, has the Sunday obligation to go to Mass ever been dispensed of due to some serious communcable disease?

Has the Sunday obligation to go to Mass ever been dispensed of due to some serious communcable disease? I am interested in knowing if Rome (the pope) ever permitted the faithful to refrain from going ...
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Who was the first person ordered executed by a Roman Catholic pope?

I was wondering who and when was the first person executed on orders of a pope or if there is no name information, when was the first such execution.
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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 ...
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Does the Pope talk with God?

We know that visionaries, such as them, talk/talked with the Virgin Mary or God. But does the Pope directly talk with God or the Virgin Mary? Or, does he do it in any other, not-direct, way? Is it ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why did Jesus change Peter's name, according to non-Catholic theology?

I have been discussing Matthew 16:18 for years now with both Catholics and non-Catholics. This verse is obviously a very important verse concerning the doctrine of the Bishop of Rome being Supreme ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the endgame for sedevacantists?

"Sedevacantism" is the belief that the See of Rome is currently vacant; that is, there is no current Pope. There are not very many people who believe it, but they do seem to be pretty vocal on the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the Holy See and when is it appropriate to use this term?

Is the Pope, himself, ever referred to as the Holy See or is it simply the place where he lives? Wikipedia says, "Often incorrectly referred to as 'the Vatican', the Holy See is not the same entity ...
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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 ...
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Does the Lutheran view of pope as AntiChrist stem from doctrine of justification?

I've heard popular retellings of the Lutheran view of pope as Antichrist that range from: a delusion that Pope Leo X was the incarnate figure of prophecy, to a slur (like calling George Washington a ...
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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 ...
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On what basis do Popes choose their papal name?

Apologies if there is not a good answer to this but I was wondering how papal names are chosen. Is there a specific tendency for taking a papal name that is associated with a tradition or strain of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Have different Popes ever contradicted each other?

I understand that Roman Catholics do not think that everything the Pope says or does is infallible. However, has a sitting Pope ever revoked or contradicted an infallible statement made by a previous ...
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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 ...
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Papal blessings via alternate media?

When I went to World Youth Day in 2005 (wow, long time ago now) my wife and I were sick of walking and wanted to enjoy our honeymoon for a bit so we watched the Pope come into Cologne on a boat. We ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...