What's an anti-pope?


#1

I read in some articles re: popes in our religion that there were a few “antipopes”. What (and who! ) were they? Why were they called antipopes?

Thanks!

(My question isn’t related to our new Pontiff, but I didn’t know in which other foru to post it. Moderator, if you think there is another forum where my q. is more “at home”, feel free to move it there.)


#2

Anti-popes are people who called themselves pope but for one reason or another were not in the Apostolic line of succession. A pretender to the chair of St. Peter, if you will.

More information is here:

newadvent.org/cathen/01582a.htm


#3

newadvent.org/cathen/09431c.htm


#4

Usually when a faction of cardinals were unhappy with the result of a canonically valid papal election, they would go into a separate conclave among themselves and elect one of themselves as “pope”.


#5

An illegitimately “elected” claimant to the Chair of Peter.

There is only one, legitimate Pope (such as Benedict XVI) but there can be dozens of so-called antipopes at a time.

Gerry :slight_smile:


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