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Why Can't A Woman Be Pope?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:35 PM

While any Catholic male could theoretically become the next pope, there's one group who's not even in the running: women.

That means as the cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel for conclave, scheduled for Tuesday (March 12), to elect the next pope after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, women don't have a chance.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:41 PM

Well, since they can't even be priests, it might be a bit ambitious to wonder if one might be Pope any time soon, perhaps.

And why is it taking so long to decide on a new one? It wasn't as if they didn't have plenty of time to get this arranged ready to take over the moment the old one stepped down, was it.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:50 PM

Yeah, no women in the priesthood kind of makes it hard for one to get to Pope status...

I may be wrong but... I thought it went that after the pope passes, or in this case steps down, they are supposed to wait a certain amount of days before getting together for the closed chamber and voting stuff.
I've also come across the hopes that the new Pope will be in place to lead the Easter celebrations, which is at the end of the month. Again, I may be wrong but, I thought after a Pope was chosen there was a couple days worth of tinkering around getting him properly sworn in or whatever they do to make it official.

Sorry if I offended any of the faith with my statement. I'm not sure what any of the proper terms are for the whole process.


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:01 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 09 March 2013 - 08:35 PM, said:

While any Catholic male could theoretically become the next pope, there's one group who's not even in the running: women.

That means as the cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel for conclave, scheduled for Tuesday (March 12), to elect the next pope after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, women don't have a chance.

http://www.livescien...nt-be-pope.html

Most people don't know about this but there was once a woman who was Pope...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Joan

The story is mostly disbelieved today as folklore but there is one thing that allows me to believe its veracity. That thing is the ritual of testiculos habet et bene pendentes.

The Roman Church, according to legend, stipulated that anyone elected Pope should prove that his genitalia were intact. To this end a special chair was fashioned that had a horseshoe-shaped seat. The Pope to be would sit on the seat and the cardinals would pass by, checking the papal procession and proclaiming: ‘testiculos habet et bene pendentes’. A loose translation being: ‘testicles he has and well-hung ones’.

There is only one reason for this ritual to have started, someone got away with something a long time ago. This ritual was insurance that it would never happen again.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:19 PM

You have to be a cardinal first.

I agree the priesthood should be opened up to allow women but my opinion should be less valued compared to someone who is an actual Catholic. It is up to them to change their own religion, not outsiders, but I do support those within that Church that favor greater gender equality.


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:29 PM

Simple she's not a man.


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:37 PM

View PostLeave Britney alone!, on 09 March 2013 - 09:19 PM, said:

You have to be a cardinal first.

I agree the priesthood should be opened up to allow women but my opinion should be less valued compared to someone who is an actual Catholic. It is up to them to change their own religion, not outsiders, but I do support those within that Church that favor greater gender equality.

Wrong. By Catholic law, any male Catholic is eligible and can be elected to "Pope"

What happens is that the intermediary steps you allude to are granted(by council agreement) to that person if they do not previously have them.

Don't know about the woman thing though.

Edited by pallidin, 09 March 2013 - 09:42 PM.


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:23 PM

It might be wise to note what gender was beneath the cross on Good Friday, apart from John the Beloved, it was mostly women, where were the rest of the crew?

The whole thing about discrimination of females in any church sucks!


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:45 PM

View Postpallidin, on 09 March 2013 - 09:37 PM, said:

Wrong. By Catholic law, any male Catholic is eligible and can be elected to "Pope"

What happens is that the intermediary steps you allude to are granted(by council agreement) to that person if they do not previously have them.

Don't know about the woman thing though.

The last time a pope was elected who was not a cardinal first was in 1379.

You have to be a cardinal first, you can speak rules, I will speak custom, in the middle a truth will reveal itself. Laity have no chance in hell to be elected is the bottom line.


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 11:58 PM

Think of it philosophically: a woman can be a popess, but the men won't let her. In their world, they never have to complete with women, just with a bunch of cranky old men just like them. Ick, centuries of venality, crime, power-grabbing and greed to clean up. what woman would want the job?


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Posted 10 March 2013 - 02:03 AM

sexism


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Posted 10 March 2013 - 04:16 AM

Why would they want to be?

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 04:24 AM

View PostJor-el, on 09 March 2013 - 09:01 PM, said:

Most people don't know about this but there was once a woman who was Pope...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Joan
‘testiculos habet et bene pendentes’. A loose translation being: ‘testicles he has and well-hung ones’.

So i guess no lance armstrong for pope then.....Sorry i know that was wrong couldnt help myself :lol:

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 12:36 PM

Women can't become pope because the catholic church says they can't.

Only if you are a Catholic do you believe this is God's will.


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Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:15 PM

Perhaps be radical and actually make a Christian Pope, as apposed to this two millenia long succesion of semi-pagan anti-Christs. However, there will not be a woman Pope for all the reasons made in previous posts, and perhaps mostly because even though the religion of Rome is a corrupt version of paganism, having a priestess is definately pagan. Anyway, strange that in UK they do not seem to understand their own language and have no idea that the feminine of priest is priestess. Still, at least they gradually make their way back to paganism Posted Image

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