Whats the deal with the Pope? Why is he so special? How does one become the Pope? Why are they always so old? What kind of "power" does he have?
Asked by Anonymous at 5:42 PM on Oct. 2, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs
The Pope is the earthly leader of the Catholic Church. His official title is Bishop of Rome. Basically whoever is Bishop of Rome is also the pope.
Catholics believe that Peter the apostle was the first Pope. In the Bible, Jesus made Peter the first pope (Matthew 16:18: "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church."). The article "Peter and the Papacy" provides more biblical evidence for this idea.
After Peter, Linus was made Bishop of Rome (and thus pope) and then there was Cletus, then Clemet I and so on until the current Pope Benedict. A List of Popes is here. We have early church writings that indicate who the early bishops of Rome/popes were and generally when they were pope.
Answer by eringobrough at 7:32 PM on Oct. 2, 2008
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Answer by Anonymous at 7:21 PM on Oct. 2, 2008
Exactly how someone becomes pope (the details and all) has changed over time. But generally it's similar in how it's oultined in the bible in Acts 1:20 (replacement of Judas) . The Bishops get together and determine who will be the leader - the Bishop of Rome. For a description of the modern process you can read "Electing the Pope"
Popes are not always old. There have been popes as young as 18 or 20 years old. Popes are probably older now because with age comes wisdom and experience that is necessary to lead an entire church.
Answer by eringobrough at 7:33 PM on Oct. 2, 2008
The pope doesn't have any super powers or anything. He doesn't have a direct line to God and can't make up anything he wants. Popes are human beings who sin and unfortunately there have been some popes who did not follow the teachings of the church they lead. There is the idea that the Pope he can't teach something as true that isn't true infallibility). It's very limited in scope. The articles "Papal Infallbility" explains it more.
Also the article "The Pope" is written by a formal evangelical who converted to Catholicism also explains more about Catholic understanding of the pope.
Answer by eringobrough at 7:36 PM on Oct. 2, 2008
Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 PM on Oct. 2, 2008
The pope is the head of the Catholic church not ALL churches. The Queen is the head of the Church of England.
Answer by beeky at 10:40 PM on Oct. 2, 2008
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