Popes 101

Habemus Papam! “Catholic Central: Popes 101” looks at the history of the Catholic pontificate, from its beginning with Christ declaring Saint Peter the Rock (and thereby the first pope) down to the present day. The episode also deals with how popes are chosen, and what they can, and can’t, declare to be infallible.
Episode 7 · November 8, 2017 ·

Diving Deeper

  1. What kinds of leaders does our society need? For what should they stand and how should they lead? Do you think the pope should have a role in our society?
  2. The papal Twitter account (@Pontifex) receives a lot of replies -- not all of them positive. Why do you think so many people have such a hard time with the pope and the Church? Have you ever encountered this? How can we become better facilitators of dialogue between opposing ideas? DYK one of the pope’s titles is “Supreme Pontiff” meaning “bridge builder”?
  3. The pope has authority to make declarations on the matters of faith and morals. How do you go about putting your trust in the pope on these issues? Where else in society do we have to exercise trust? How is this similar and different to how Catholics are asked to trust the pope?


When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI visited New York during his time as pope, he asked the young people, “What are you seeking?” Take some time to answer that question for yourself. Share with a close friend, or journal what you seek on a daily basis, and ask where your priorities are.
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