Requirements for papacy

Question from Ray on 4/8/2008:

As part of a non-denominational book study some of our Christian brothers and sisters were asking what requirements there are to be pope. Please help. Also, do you have any suggestions on how to defend the papacy to my fellow Christians who do not believe in sacred Tradition?

Answer by Catholic Answers on 4/8/2008:

Theoretically, any baptized male Catholic could be elected pope. If he is a bishop at the time of his election, he becomes pope as soon as he accepts his election. If not already a bishop, he must first be ordained to the episcopacy. In practice though, for centuries the pope has been elected from among members of the College of Cardinals.

Recommended reading:

We Have a Pope by Stephen K. Ray and Dennis Walters

Michelle Arnold
Catholic Answers

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