Are you saying some cardinals are kept physically separate to avoid such an occurrence or just that it is unlikely as they are normally not together? This seems like an incomplete treatment of the theoretical issue.
Not surprisingly, Pope Francis has been in the news lately. The Pope needs to deliberate for hours on end before so much as opening his mouth! The Condom Kerfufflein which the MSM proclaimed that Pope Benedict said condoms were perfectly okay for everyone to use when he actually said that in certain situations, the use of a condom could indicate that someone was trying to act in a moral fashion by not spreading disease, and that trying to act morally could be a good first step on the road to repentance.
The Pope later explained that his words had been misunderstood by Muslims. Seems pretty straightforward, but the MSM headlines in response?
This is not a new phenomenon. The media does not exist to tell the truth — it exists to make people rich. Juicy headlines sell newspapers and garner millions of website hits, which generate revenue. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.
Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories.
Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. Rather than clothe the precious doctrine of the Body of Christ in garments of sobriety, modesty and Prudence, the truths of the Church are being sold away [by Pope Francis, presumably] cheaply to the moral perverts and enemies of Christ.
Pope Stephen VI —who had his predecessor Pope Formosus exhumed, tried, de-fingered, briefly reburied, and thrown in the Tiber.
Pope John XII —who gave land to a mistress, murdered several people, and was killed by a man who caught him in bed with his wife. Pope Alexander VI —a Borgia, who was guilty of nepotism and whose unattended corpse swelled until it could barely fit in a coffin.
The preceding examples are taken from E. We once had a Pope who was murdered while engaging in the act of adultery — and the Church survived!
After that, can anyone honestly believe that the Church will be utterly decimated and destroyed simply because the current pope made statements about atheists that were deliberately misconstrued by the media in order to boost ratings?! So please, fellow Catholics, the proper response when reading a MSM headline about the Pope changing a long-held doctrine of Catholicism is not panic or rage or despair.Pope Francis, the current pope of the Catholic Church, succeeded Pope Benedict XVI in as the first pope from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first Pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.
Yes. The pope can technically make pretty much any change he wants in legislation or administration. The question is whether it is wise to do so without consultation.
The theological basis for the papacy does not include ideas such as the College of Cardinals or the Roman Curia. These are entities. Catholicism would cease if the institution of the papacy were destroyed; assassinating a pope does not destroy the papacy.
The papacy can in no way be destroyed because that would mean the "gates of hell" (i.e., the heretics) would have prevailed over the Church, which is against Jesus's promise in Matt.
In the end, then, it seemed that the question was not so much whether the pope is Catholic, but what Catholicism is.
Yes. The pope can technically make pretty much any change he wants in legislation or administration. The question is whether it is wise to do so without consultation. The theological basis for the papacy does not include ideas such as the College.
How long can the Catholic Church be without a pope so that we can say that the succession was broken? If there is defined no length of time, then if simply we don't need a pope for three hundred years, we can wait that long to elect one and papal succession would remain unbroken.