Can a Layman Become Pope?

One Italian family so controlled the papacy it got three laymen elected

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Is the pope Catholic? The answer to that old saw, of course, is yes. Is the pope ordained before being elected? That answer could be no.

TThe Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law doesn’t specifically require ordination. “If the person elected [pope] lacks episcopal character…

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Tim Gebhart

Tim Gebhart

Retired Lawyer. Book Addict. History Buff. Lifelong South Dakotan. Blog: prairieprogressive.com