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Questions concerning the office and the role of the pope.

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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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St. John Henry Newman on Conscience and the Pope

Here (On Conscience and the Pope) is found an essay written by St. John Henry Newman. It begins as follows: IT seems, then, that there are extreme cases in which Conscience may come into collision ...
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Did the early church believe that St. Peter was the first pope?

Roman Catholics believe that St. Peter was the first Pope, had primacy over the church and was given a pastoral role by the Lord Jesus Christ himself, we know the scripture argument for the papacy, ...
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Why didn't Protestants unite with the Orthodox against Papal primacy after the Reformation?

Is there some doctrinal, historical or political reason that prevented this natural alliance from taking place? Are Protestants against the notion of the Pentarchy in general and not just against the ...
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According to sedeprivationism, does a material pope have temporal authority?

According to sedeprivationism, does a material pope (papa materialiter) have temporal authority?
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The Way of the Cross as a Prophecy of the History of the Catholic Church and a Prefigurement of the Fortunes of the Holy See?

In Fr. F. W. Faber's The Precious Blood, he makes the statement on p. 279 that: Moreover, the Way of the Cross is a great Mystery of prophecy and figure. It is a prophecy of the history of the Church;...
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Were Christians martyred in the Colosseum?

I have been reading some history about the largest standing amphitheater in the world, The Colosseum. I read that Pope Benedict XIV consecrated the structure because many Christians were supposedly ...
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Why has the name of Peter not been adopted by any other Pope after St. Peter?

Going by the List of Popes at Catholic Encyclopedia one finds that the name John has been most popular among the incumbents to the position. But what is intriguing is that no Pope after the first one ...
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Why would popes choose the name Pelagius in light of the Pelagian heresy?

I was checking out the list of pope names by frequency on Wikipedia in search of minutia to defend my assertion that Pope Francis was the first new Pope name a long time and noticed that there were ...
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What is the status of St Malachy's prophecy within Catholicism?

As might be well-known to some, and perhaps especially to Catholics, the name of Saint Malachy, a former Archbishop of Armagh, is often associated with the Prophecy of the Popes. Much of the recent ...
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How is 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 understood by proponents of the primacy of Peter?

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind ...
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Clarification on Canon 188

There is currently controversy between some Catholics regarding the current pope and the validity of him holding the office. On a video addressing this controversy (which I can no longer find), a ...
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Is there a list of popes by autonomous particular church?

The Roman Catholic Church consists of a couple dozen autonomous particular churches in full communion with the Holy See. Is there a list that indicates the particular church affiliation of each of ...
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Has a pope ever been removed for reasons of insanity?

Dr. Taylor Marshal says (about 25 minutes in) that a pope could be removed by the college of cardinals for reasons of insanity like powers that the 25th Amendment to the US. Constitution gives to the ...
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What are canonical penalties for criticizing the Pope?

I was listening to Pints With Aquinas this evening where Dr. Richard DeClue, a professional theologian, not a priest, was interviewed, but he didn't want to comment on some motu proprio (probably ...
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St. Athanasius on Papacy?

What did St. Athanasius believe about the Papacy and are there any special mentions of the bishop of Rome in his writings?
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How central is the claim the pope is the antichrist to Protestant theology?

When I read through Luther's writings awhile back, I noticed he said the pope was the antichrist. I thought this was just some of Luther's usual hyperbolic rhetoric. However, I've learned that many (...
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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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What does the phrase "Undermine the deposit of faith" mean?

Bishop Strickland was recently deposed by Pope Francis, ostensibly because he tweeted something about the Pope "undermining the deposit of faith". Is that a technical term or just a ...
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How do Catholics respond to the Roman Catholic Church being referred to as the sea beast?

I have watched a dozen of YouTube videos on the identity of the Sea Beast mentioned in the book of Revelation. Almost all these channels conclude that the sea beast is a religious institution that ...
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Rules Which Govern the Excommunication of Catholic Bishops

Are there rules in place that a pope must follow when he wishes to excommunicate a bishop? If so, what are they; or where may they be found?
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On Biblical Verses Invoked in Papal Encyclicals or Ecumenical Councils

Is there an expedient way to find out if a given some particular biblical verse, it has been invoked in either a papal encyclical or a document of an ecumenical council without having to retrieve that ...
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On Bible Translations That Catholics are Permitted to Read

I have started to read "Introduction to the Bible" by Fr. John Laux, M.A.. The following is extracted from pg. 20: The Third Plenary Council of Baltimore (1884) says in its Pastoral Letter: ...
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Do any denominations teach that the Pope is an antichrist?

I've heard the claim, mainly from Fundamentalists but also from some Lutherans, that the Pope is an antichrist. Are there any Protestant denominations that specifically teach this, whether it be in ...
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On Luke 10:16 Invoked by a Pope or an Ecumenical Council

He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me. — Luke 10:16 (D-R) I am aware of these three instances: Vatican II, ...
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Are the persons nominated to be created cardinals eligible to participate in the conclave before the consistory?

Pope Francis announced the consistory for the creation of new cardinals today. The consistory will be held on 30th September, i.e. there is 3 month period during much can happen. My question: are the ...
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Can a Patron Saint formally declared as such by a pope be replaced?

In the post Can Patron Saints be "dethroned"? there seems to be some confusion between a patron saint having become no longer a patron saint, and a patron saint being "decanonized"....
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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 ...
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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-...
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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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How were Bishops Appointed in England Prior to the Anglican Schism

The following question is a bit of a follow-up to On Bishops Who Refused to Sign Henry VIII's Oath of Succession?. In an article "The Cardinal Martyr of England" found here: Catholic ...
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According to Catholicism, which popes have been elected to the papacy without being in priestly orders?

According to Catholicism, which popes have been elected to the papacy without being in priestly orders? I was recently reading about Pope Leo X on Wikipedia. It claims that he was the last Pope “not ...
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Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's Prophecy on the Two Popes

I would like to know the source (a book, I presume) that speaks about Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's "Prophecy of the two popes.'' Every online site that I recall, which speaks about it, has ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Peter being the leader of the apostles?

The Roman Catholic church claims that the apostle Peter was the first bishop of Rome, that he was the leader of the other apostles/bishops, and that since the pope is the rightful heir of Peter's ...
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What degree of authority does the Pope hold to reveal and declare doctrine, or the word of God?

When Jesus was on the Earth, He (obviously) held the authority to declare whatever doctrine he wished, as the ultimate authority in His church. On a tier just below that, prophets like Moses were ...
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Why does the Roman Catholic Church consider beatification of the pope?

If the pope is infallible, than what significance does beautifying and canonizing him have? They did both to Pope John Paul II, but it seems odd that the Church wants to make him a saint, unless I am ...
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On the Canonization of St. Poeman the Great and the Origin of His Epithet?

Often quoted in the "Sayings or the Desert Fathers," St. Poeman is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as some of the Eastern Orthodox churches. QUESTION: Was St. Poeman ever ...
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How is excommunication handled during an interregnum?

Not that I'm plotting anything heinous, but can one be excommunicated or have excommunication lifted during an interregnum? I think, but I'm not positive, that some offenses that carry excommunication ...
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Pope anti-christ Protestant belief? [duplicate]

There is no other Head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 1:22; Col 1:18): nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of ...
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Did any of the Early Church Fathers believe in the supremacy of St. Peter? [duplicate]

Catholics believe that the Early Church Fathers held to the primacy of St. Peter (ie that Christ gave authority to St. Peter and to his successors to lead the church), but did any of the Early Church ...
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How did the western Church arrive at such a state of corruption by the sixteenth century?

I want to know what went wrong in the Church for it to end up corrupt by the 16th century.
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What is a brief history on the idea that the Pope is the Antichrist?

I am quite familiar with the Reformers' opposition to the Papacy, and many said the Pope is the Antichrist. What confuses me is this quote from that same page: In calling the pope the "...
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What was the first infallible statement made by a pope?

According to the Catholic Church, what was the first infallible statement made by a pope, by himself, outside an ecumenical council?
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Could the pope adopt a child?

In conversations with my son (topic irrelevant), he mentioned the idea of being the son of the Pope. I told him that would not be possible (celibacy vow), but he immediately countered: "What if ...
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The Pope is resigning. How does a living pope confer his authority?

I read that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. I don't know much about Catholic/papal authority as it relates to leading the Church, but as far as I can remember, a pope dies before another one takes the ...
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What happens if the Cardinals who voted against the Pope get stuck with a Pope they don't like?

What happens if the Cardinals get stuck with a Pope they don't like? Do they still have to obey him?
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Did St. John Chrysostom believe in papal primacy?

Did St. John Chrysostom believe in papal papacy—i.e., that the pope has supreme power and primacy over the entire Church?
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Bishop of Antioch? [duplicate]

If the Bishop of Rome is the successor of Saint Peter, why isn't the Bishop of Antioch the pope? Before Peter went to Rome, he was the Patriarch of Antioch. Shouldn't his successors in Antioch have ...
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To whom do the Eastern Orthodox Church's believe the "Keys to the Kingdom" were given by Jesus?

"I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) This is the ...
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Did the early church believe in the supremacy of Rome? [duplicate]

Did the early church fathers believe in the supremecy of rome and if so where is the evidance for this? Roman Catholics claim that the church of rome has supreme authority as it is the church of the ...

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