Just curious: How does someone actually rise to the level of Pope?
I had always assumed that you become a priest, do well, get promoted to bishop, then archbishop, and so on. Is this accurate? If so, who makes the decision to promote the priest and how are they “graded”? Is it based on their parish (attendance, funds raised, etc), or is it based on personal preference?
So how can someone make the jump from your normal priest to higher up?