My wife & I help facilitate the RCIA program in our parish. Last year, the leader of the program was discussing the electoral process for the papacy, and he mentioned that “one does not have to be a Cardinal to be elected Pope,” but that a Cardinal is almost always elected Pope. He also explained that any man basically could be elected, but that obivously, the conclave usually ended with a Cardinal elected.
I seem to remember either Jimmy or Karl stating on one of the open line programs on Catholic Answers that one must be a bishop to be elected/appointed Bishop of Rome, thus the Pope. Do I need to correct the leader if he says this again or am I splitting hairs here?