Just a simple question, no traditionalist influence here.
My question is asked because the Cardinals are a group of bishops who elect a new pope from them.
If all you have to be is a male and a baptized Catholic, why cant a few lay people elect the new pope versus the Cardinals electing the pope?
Say in times of Sede Vancante, a group of traditionalist Catholics, say about 70 lay Catholics (1 Being a Traditionalist Bishop) and they elect someone and the bishop ordains him to the episcopate and becomes the pope?
Is the reason the Cardinal election is valid versus a few lay peoples election because the Cardinal's election are recognized throughout the world? But then the Early Church? :confused:
This is a sincere question, not a traditionalist question. (Well, it is sorta, but I'm not a traditionalist)