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To: tiki; NYer

NYer gave me a quote a few days ago from Pope Benedict on the role of the Holy Spirit in Papal elections.

I am paraphrasing here, but basically Pope Benedict thinks that the wrong person CAN be chosen because the Cardinal electors can discern wrongly, or even ignore the Holy Spirit. I gave NYer the example of Alexander VI, who almost certainly bought his election by simony, and then became a murderer as Pope (and had many mistresses too, and was exeedingly greedy, and so on).

To say that he was the one choosen by the Holy Spirit seems extremely unlikely to me. Most likely he was chosen with bribery, a most unholy spirit.

But the Pope Benedict believes that even in these worst case scenarios, the Pope will never lead the Church into heresy, because the Holy Spirit will either prevent that Cardinal’s election (or will change his heart on that matter), although he can do just about any personal sin, as history has proven.


22 posted on 03/17/2013 3:18:50 PM PDT by LovedSinner
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To: LovedSinner; tiki
To say that he was the one choosen by the Holy Spirit seems extremely unlikely to me.

Your comment seems to contradict his actions. Please provide some justification for your misgivings. Thank you.

23 posted on 03/17/2013 5:12:08 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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