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Did you know there was once a female Pope?

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IhartU

Asked by IhartU at 5:47 PM on Oct. 30, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Nope no female popes. Here's a list of them: List of Popes

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 8:46 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 5:47 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • i've heard about her...
    necro1134

    Answer by necro1134 at 5:55 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • I think she is largely regarded as legend and not fact, isn't she?
    Freela

    Answer by Freela at 5:58 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • yes this is one version of the myth/legend there is another one in which she was called John and dressed like a man.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:01 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • The chief weakness of the Pope Joan story is the absence of any contemporary evidence of a female pope during the dates suggested for her reign. In each instance, clerical records show someone else holding the papacy and doing deeds that are transcribed in church history.

    Another problem is the gap between the alleged event and the news of it. Not until the 13th century–400 years after Joan, by the most accepted accounts, ruled–does any mention of a female pope appear in any documents. That's akin to word breaking out just now that England in 1600 had a queen named Elizabeth.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:03 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • The historical gap, some Joanites suggest, was deliberately created. Cross, the novelist, argues that clerics of the day were so appalled by Joan's trickery that they went to great lengths to avoid and eliminate any written report of it.


    The lady was a pope
    A bestseller revives the outlandish tale of Joan

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:05 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • did I KNOW? no and neither do you KNOW

    However it doesn't really bother me if there was or wasn't.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:07 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • ive heard of this but never study up on it. ive always heard it was an urban legend type thing.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 9:56 PM on Oct. 30, 2009