Black Spirituality Religion : What are the Basic Requirements to be the Pope?

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  1. Destee

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    Peace and Blessings Family,

    Are there some basic prerequisites that must be attained before being considered for the position? Do you know them?

    I'd imagine that it's not a bad job if you can get it ... and maybe one of you or our youth coming up may be interested in preparing themselves for it.

    Anyone know what goes into choosing a Pope? I guess you first gotta be Catholic, right?

    *gotta feeling this isn't gonna go well, but a Sister can always hope*

    Love Yall and Thanks in advance!

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    I found the following at this link (doesn't seem like it takes a lot) :

    For a person to be papabile, which in this case means "one who meets the requirements to be elected to the papacy of the Catholic Church," the person must satisfy the following:

    must be male
    must be baptized
    must be a Catholic, ie. a faithful member of the Church

    Note: Many think that it is a requirement that a person be a Cardinal, or a Bishop or even a Priest to be elected pope. This is untrue. While it is preferable that such is the case, it is not a requirement. A true pope can make priests, bishops and cardinals. If a layman were elected pope, that pope could have another bishop or priest supply Holy Orders to the newly-elected pope.

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    ...The Conclave

    At least 15 days (and no more than 20 days) following the death of the pope, the church's cardinals gather in Rome for a conclave to elect a new pope. Unless circumstances prevent it, the conclave takes place in the Vatican palace, where the cardinals gather and vote in the Sistine Chapel. Officially, the cardinals are forbidden to discuss possible papal successors before the death of a pope, although private conversations do occur.


    Once in Rome, the cardinals stay at the Casa di Santa Marta in the Vatican Grounds, located several hundred yards from St. Peter's Basilica. John Paul II's Universi Dominici Gregis ("Of the Lord's Whole Flock") provided for such modern accommodations -- a far cry from the spartan rooms in the Papal Palace issued to the cardinals in earlier conclaves.


    Secrecy is of utmost importance during the conclave. No cardinal may leave without consent, and all the telephones are disconnected and the TV sets taken away. Radios, recording devices, newspapers and cameras are all forbidden, and no letters or documents are allowed in or out unless they are inspected by both the secretary of the conclave and a commission charged with guarding its integrity. The cardinals take an oath to observe the rules laid down by "Romano Pontifici Eligendo," which enjoin secrecy and forbid the electoral interference by civil authorities. The church holds these rules of secrecy in the highest regard: The penalty for disclosing anything about the conclave that must be kept secret is automatic excommunication.


    Papal Qualifications


    Contrary to what many people think, there are surprisingly few qualifications for someone to become pope: The cardinals can elect any baptized male to the papacy. Actually, even the requirement of baptism is negotiable -- although once a man accepts election to the papacy, he must be willing to be baptized, ordained a priest and consecrated bishop of Rome (and meet the qualifications of those positions). In recent centuries, however, church practice has been to elect someone from among the College of Cardinals.


    Voting


    Only cardinals under the age of 80 are eligible to vote, and only voting cardinals are allowed into the Sistine Chapel for the election. The first vote is taken in the afternoon of the first day of the conclave. In the following days, they will vote twice each morning and once each afternoon until a pope is selected. If no one is elected within the first nine votes, then they may devote up to a day for prayer and discussion before resuming. They may do the same every seven unsuccessful votes after that.


    In order to be elected, a candidate must receive two-thirds of the vote. However, in accordance with a change to papal electoral policy initiated by John Paul II in 1996, if the College of Cardinals is deadlocked after upwards of 12 or 13 days, they can decide to alter the voting process to allow for election by an absolute majority -- 50 percent plus one. The rule change also stipulated that the only method of electing the pope is by scrutiny, i.e., silent ballot -- thus excluding election by acclamation (which almost never happens) and by committee (a technique sometimes used to settle deadlocks).


    The actual process of voting is quite elaborate. One at a time, in order of precedence, the cardinals approach the altar while holding up their folded ballots -- rectangular cards with the words "Eligo in Summum Pontificem" ("I elect as supreme pontiff") printed at the top. The elector kneels in prayer before the altar for a short while, before rising. He says, "I call to witness Christ the Lord who will be my judge, that my vote is given to the one who before God I consider should be elected," and places his ballot on a thin, flat plat called a paten. Then he uses the paten to drop the ballot into a chalice.


    After everyone has voted, scrutineers count the ballots before they are unfolded. If the number of ballots does not match the number of electors, the ballots are burned without being counted and another vote is immediately taken. If the number of cards does match the number of electors, the scrutineers, who sit at a table in front of the altar, begin counting the votes. The first scrutineer unfolds the card, notes the name on a piece of paper and passes the card to the second scrutineer. He then notes the name and passes it to the third scrutineer, who reads it aloud. The last scrutineer uses a threaded needle to pierce each card through the word "eligo."

    After all the ballots have been counted, the ends of the thread are tied and the joined cards are placed in an empty receptacle. Then the scrutineers add up totals votes for each candidate.

    After the vote, the secretary of the conclave and the master of ceremonies burn the ballots, adding special chemicals to make the smoke appear white or black to those waiting in St. Peter's Square. Black smoke signifies that no one received enough votes to be elected pontiff, while white smoke signifies the election of a new pope.


    The New Pope

    After the winner of the papal election is announced, the dean of the College of Cardinals asks the pope-elect, "Do you accept your canonical election as supreme pontiff?" After the prospective pope accepts, the dean asks him what name he would like to go by. Assuming he is already a bishop, he immediately becomes the new pope. The Dean of the College of Cardinals then steps onto the main balcony of the Vatican and declares: "Habemus Papam." ("We have a Pope.") The new pope then appears and delivers his Apostolic Blessing.


    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,59245,00.html#ixzz2NNTho2Zu

     
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    What are the Basic Requirements to be the Pope?

    Male, preferably a White Male


    Papal Qualifications


    Contrary to what many people think, there are surprisingly few qualifications for someone to become pope: The cardinals can elect any baptized male to the papacy. Actually, even the requirement of baptism is negotiable -- although once a man accepts election to the papacy, he must be willing to be baptized, ordained a priest and consecrated bishop of Rome (and meet the qualifications of those positions). In recent centuries, however, church practice has been to elect someone from among the College of Cardinals.
    http://destee.com/index.php?threads...equirements-to-be-the-pope.75158/#post-786715


    *gotta feeling this isn't gonna go well, but a Sister can always hope* ... I'd imagine that it's not a bad job if you can get it ... and maybe one of you or our youth coming up may be interested in preparing themselves for it. :rofl:



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    http://destee.com/index.php?threads...waves-through-church.74908/page-7#post-786666
     
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    that's pretty much the way i see it...

     
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    Yep, the only qualifier I left out was European... A white European Male, yep...



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    gotta like little boys. :goodpost:
     
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    ... Thanks Chas0x01 that's the biggest qualifier, wow... pedophile; makes sense... Great contribution... :toast:




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    Well I guess I shouldn't joke bout pedophilia. But I am from Boston. If you don't know Boston was ground zero for Catholic priest child abuse.
    It was outrageous the stuff they were doing, and the cover-ups only made it worse. So I tend not to give that organization much respect.
     
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