3 popes?


#1

I was told that in the 1300’s there were two legitimately elected popes, one in france and the other in Rome. Later a third was elected by a the Council of Pisa with permission of both popes, but niether would resign, so there were now 3 popes?

Is this true? There has got to be part of the story missing?

Brandon


#2

There was a time in the Church’s history when three men claimed to be pope. Only one man was pope because only one man can be pope at any one time. The challenge was determining which claimant actually was pope.

Analogously, if two men other than President George W. Bush claimed to be the American president, one could say that three men claimed to be president but only one man actually was President of the United States.


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