Yes, God chooses the Pope

See my latest post: Does God Choose the Pope?. Spoiler alert. Yes, He does.

I’ve removed my own comments here. See the full article at Catholicism.io and please comment there.

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8 Responses to Yes, God chooses the Pope

  1. Eric says:

    Then wouldn’t drawing straws be as effective as anything? I mean this seriously.

    • Ron Conte says:

      In the OT, they often decided things by lot. The choice of the Apostle who would replace Judas Iscariot was done by lots. The reason is that God’s providence does choose the leaders in the Church. The assumption that, if God is choosing, He would only choose the holiest persons is unwarranted. God works in mysterious ways. He might decide that a sinful man should be Pope, as when Peter was chosen: “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” (Lk 5:8).

  2. Eric says:

    Exactly. Which is why deciding by lots would be just as effective as anything else. God could choose a sinful or holy person by lot. Conservatives and liberals alike would be terrified at the idea.

    • Ron Conte says:

      My parish, years ago (not the current one), had a problem. The same people kept getting elected to the Parish Council, year after year. So the pastor had everyone who was willing to be on the Council put their names in a hat. Then at each of the four weekend Masses, he drew out three names. Those were the members of the Council. And it worked out much better.

  3. Marco says:

    Ron, what do you think about Cardinal Ratzinger’s declaration? http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/11/does-the-holy-spirit-choose-the-pope/

    ““I would not say so, in the sense that the Holy Spirit picks out the Pope…I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much space, much freedom, without entirely abandoning us. Thus the Spirit’s role should be understood in a much more elastic sense, not that he dictates the candidate for whom one must vote. Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined.””

    I really want to know what do you think about this, it is not a rhetorical question.

    • Ron Conte says:

      He does not call past Popes “corrupt” and “evil” like Staudt did. He was making an extemporaneous remark, so I don’t think it is fair to treat it like a well-considered theological opinion. I disagree with him that the Spirit only keeps the vote from total ruination. Many people, in examining their own lives, see the work of God’s providence and grace in many ways. And are we to believe, then, when it comes to the Pope as the head of the Church, God’s providence and grace applies in a lesser way, or not at all?

  4. turnrod says:

    Where specifically has Jared Staudt in his article departed from the true faith? Previous Popes being in a state of mortal sin or corrupt? The extent to which the Holy Spirit is involved in the selection of the Pope? Thanks.

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