Can you only become a bishop/cardinal/pope if you're a secular priest?


What if you’re part of a religious order?


Our Bishop belongs to a Religious Order.
A Bishop does not need to be a diocesan priest.
God bless you.


There have been many Jesuits lately escalated into the Cardinalate (Or whatever you call it).


There are many bishops who are chosen from amongst the religious orders. O'Malley and Chaput come to mind immediately. They're both Capuchins. O'Malley is a Cardinal and Chaput will be eventually (probably roughly 4 years from now).


Many bishops, cardinals and more than one pope have been priests of religious orders.


Yes, you may be from a religious order.


My former Archbishop was a Benedictine Monk, and now he is retired, so He retook his vow of poverty and his going back to being a monk.


+The most holy and miraculous Pope St. Gregory the Great was a holy Benedictine monk . . . and was called by the Lord and our Holy Mother Church to serve Him as the Vicar of Christ . . . head of the Apostolic Holy Roman Catholic Church . . .

[INDENT]. . . :coffeeread: . . .
Gregory and Monasticism

Although the **first monk **to become pope, Gregory was in no sense an original contributor to monastic ideals or practice. He took monasticism as he found it established by St. Benedict, and his efforts and influence were given to strengthening and enforcing the prescriptions of that greatest of monastic legislators. His position did indeed tend to modify St. Benedict’s work by drawing it into a closer connection with the organization of the Church, and with the papacy in particular, but this was not deliberately aimed at by Gregory.

Rather he was himself convinced that the** monastic system **had a very special value for the church, and so he did everything in his power to diffuse and propagate it. His own property was consecrated to this end, … He was relentless in correcting abuses and enforcing discipline … and the points on which he insists most are precisely those such as

**+ stability and poverty + **

In art the great pope is usually shown in full pontifical robes with a tiara and double cross. A dove is his special emblem, in allusion to the well-known story recorded by Peter the Deacon (Vita, xxviii), who tells that when the pope was dictating his homilies on Ezekiel a veil was drawn between his secretary and himself. As, however, the pope remained silent for long periods at a time, the servant made a hole in the curtain and, looking through, beheld a dove seated upon Gregory’s head with its beak between his lips. When the dove withdrew its beak the holy pontiff spoke and the secretary took down his words; but when he became silent the servant again applied his eye to the hole and saw the dove had replaced its beak between his lips.

The miracles attributed to Gregory are very many, but space forbids even the barest catalogue of them. He was a trained Roman lawyer and administrator, a monk, a missionary, a preacher, above all a physician of souls and a leader of men … With regard to things spiritual, he impressed upon men’s minds to a degree unprecedented the fact that

See of Peter
was the
Supreme Decisive Authority
in the
Catholic Church. **

[RIGHT]- Author Unknown
Eulogy [/RIGHT]

For further information about this extraordinary pope click on the link below . . .

:compcoff: Link:…rythegreat.asp


Archibisop Chaput of Phildelphia and Cardinal O’Malley of Boston are both Capuchins


The Pope used to where different robes but once a dominican became Pope (St Pius V if I remember right) and he wanted to keep wearing the dominic habit. The Pope’s afterhim foloowed more or less because they were so impressed by his sanctity.

If you notice the Pope’s cassock is the dominican habit minus the scapular and preaching cape. So not only can a religious become Pope, but the Pope’s clothes are based on a religious habit.

God bless.

Br Matthew, LC


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