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Old 20th February 2013, 10:16 PM
Contrition Contrition is offline
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If this scenario was to happen in the future, could this be a reason why two popes would be elected?

"During World War II, Pope Pius XII, like several of his predecessors who were popes in times of war, left a document informing the College of Cardinals that if he were taken prisoner, he was no longer to be considered the pope, so the cardinals were to hold a conclave and elect a new pontiff."
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Old 20th February 2013, 11:05 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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When JP2 published UDG (the current document that determines the rules for electing the Pope), he nullified all past documents and rules. There is no rule that says the Pope is no longer Pope if he is capture in war, currently.

If war breaks out, the Pope could institute such a rule. But that is not the scenario that I think will happen.

My understanding is that the next Pope will crack down on dissent, resulting in a schism. Then the Pope will be capture in war, and will die in prison. But because Rome will be captured, two elections will be held: one will elect a true Pope and the other will elect an antipope. The antipope is elected by the schismatics; the true Pope is elected by the faithful Bishops and Cardinals.
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