The Holy Father would be stateless. The Vatican destroyed, most of the Cardinals killed. The library/documents lost. What happens next? What are the procedures put in place to deal with this type of catastrophe?
I recall reading about how at the time of the last Pope the Vatican will be over run and destroyed…I think it was a prophesy of Saint Malachy…then again I’m not sure if many now think his prophesies were not written by him at all…just by looking at what is happening in Europe at the present time gives pause to wonder if it may not be true after all…people are leaving the Christian religion in droves…churches abandoned and torn down…Muslim refugees are heading for Europe by the boatloads…the rise of radical Islam in Europe…now this latest news that the Vatican is also a target for terrorists…it doesn’t take much to figure out where this is going in the not to distant future…maybe the prophesy is not too far off the mark…even here in the US the church is under attack for a number of issues
Thank you for that calm rational response. :bowdown2:
When I read the article I immediately started stressing because I honestly never thought about a terrorist attack on the Vatican and the consequences. My mind conjured up worst possible scenarios (see pic below) :bigyikes:
Has a Pope ever had to leave the Vatican during wars etc. These are things most Catholics do not ponder because he is a constant in our family ancestors and our lives.
Having been there, I know how easily accessible the Vatican it is to the public.
As I recall, during World War II, the Vatican was beset by Nazi’s with the approval of Muselini. Pope Pius XII needed to stay free and keep the priests and nuns out of nazi attention so they could continue to protect Jews, POWs and others. At one point, the Pope wrote a letter of resignation to take effect if he were captured. This would have allowed the cardinals to elect another Pope even if he were still alive.
Satan has made war on the Church for 2000+ yrs. What has changed that he should succeed now?
Don’t forget that Vatican City itself was not even established until the 1929 Lateran Accords by Benito Mussolini. Before that, it was the Papal States until the unification of Italy in the late 1800s and then the Church’s administrative center was simply within the confines of the city of Rome.
Let me stop you right there. Most of the cardinals would NOT be killed, since they don’t live in Rome. Certainly a substantial number do, but the vast majority would still be overseas in there respective home countries. There would still be more than enough cardinals left alive to continue on and even hold a papal election if necessary. If the Vatican were destroyed, they would simply select an alternate location to rule from. Remember, the Papacy spent nearly a century at Avignon, France in the 1300s. It’s not like it’s unprecedented.
Actually, ordination IS a requirement… but only AFTER someone’s been elected. If a laymen were chosen, they would have to go through Holy Orders. The odds of this, of course, are extraordinarily remote.