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Is there just one pope? or is the Bishop of Rome THE pope?

There is an Eastern Church that is not a Catholic Church? Does this church have a separate pope? Are there other denominations that call the leader of the church pope?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:39 PM on Apr. 20, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Early in Christianity, the title "pope" was used for most estern bishops but eventually it was used in only for the Bishop of Rome who is the leader of the Catholic Church.  The Catholic Church includes Latin rites and Eastern rites all of which are in full communion with the pope in Rome and agree to the primacy of the Bishop of Rome (aka the Pope).


    The leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church uses the title Pope too - the Pope of Alexandria.  The Coptic Orthodox Church is NOT in communion with the Catholic Church and NOT in communion with Eastern Orthodox churches, however they are in communion with other Oriental Orthodox Churches.  But it's my understanding that the Pope of Alexandria is only thought of as the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and not of all the Oreintal Orthodox Churches. 

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:39 PM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • ONE Pope.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:03 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • There is one that is the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 12:14 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • Roman Catholic Church.


    eye rolling

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:47 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, which has about 16 million members worldwide, including about 12 million in Egypt. The current (117th) holder of this position is Pope Shenouda III.

    Following the traditions of the church, the pope is chairman and head of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria as a first among equals. This organization is the highest authority in the Church of Alexandria. It formulates the rules and regulations regarding matters of the church's organization, faith, and order. The pope is also the chairman of the church's General Congregation Council.

    Although historically associated with the city of Alexandria, the residence and Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria has been located in Cairo since 1047. The pope is currently established in Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, in a
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • I looked it up, and found this on wiki. Hopefully more people will know about this and this question.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:50 AM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • Brief history may help make more sense. Back in the 5th Century there was a disagreement within Christianity and the Pope/Bishop of Alexandria and his followers left the church which lead to the Coptic/Oriental churches. Later in the 11th cnentury the East/West Schism occured in which the Christian church broke into the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Some Eastern/Oriental churches didn't go with the schism and they stayed with the Bishop of Rome in the Cathoilc Church. Also some Coptic, Oriental and Orthodox Christian churches did leave the Bishop of Rome but eventually returned. So these groups generally form the different Eastern rites within the Catholic Church. Those churches that ccepted the primacy of the Bishop of Rome (aka the Pope) and are in communion with the Bishop of Rome make up the Catholic Church and their leader is the standard "Pope" that everyone thinks of.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:45 PM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • There are also "anti-popes" - groups that split off from the Catholic Church and then a leader declares themselves pope in opposion to the Bishop of Rome. So there are several leaders of individual churches today that have given themselves the title of "Pope". I think there's a "Pope Michael" in Kansas. The "True Catholic Church" elected a Pope Pius who lives in Montana I think. I'm sure there are others around the world. Generally these are small conclaves/groups.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:53 PM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • One pope, but different ranks leading up.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 2:59 PM on Apr. 21, 2010

  • One pope, but different ranks leading up


    confused


    and the Coptic pope is the one pope?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:16 PM on Apr. 21, 2010

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