Most Catholics know that modern popes are elected by the College of Cardinals, and that they are elected for life. Most know that, throughouit history, there have been both good popes and bad popes. But ever wonder how, after St. Peter, the first popes were chosen? Do you know how, when, and why civil leaders had a say in who became pope?
What are the qualifications to become a pope anyway? Can just anyone be a pope? Is it true that the pope is, after all, only a bishop?
Deacon Tim Elliott answers these and many other questions about the papacy.