Popes

With the Pope resigning, I thought it worth bringing up the tale of how the last Pope to resign the post got the job in the first place. (As told by wikipedia.)

“The cardinals assembled at Perugia after the death of Pope Nicholas IV in April 1292. Morrone, well known to the cardinals as a Benedictine hermit, sent the cardinals a letter warning them that divine vengeance would fall upon them if they did not quickly elect a pope. Latino Malabranca, the aged and ill dean of the College of Cardinals cried out, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, I elect brother Pietro di Morrone.” The cardinals promptly ratified Malabranca’s desperate decision. When sent for, Morrone obstinately refused to accept the papacy, and even tried to flee, until he was finally persuaded by a deputation of cardinals accompanied by the kings of Naples and Hungary.”

I just have an image in my head of a line of Cardinals, the Kings of Naples and Hungary all stood outside of this guy’s hermitage, knocking on the door and asking if he’d do them a favour and be the Pope… just don’t get that sort of thing today…

Cheers

Advertisements

About iwastoldtheredbegin

Politics of the Left Wing and Liberal variety, plus gin!
This entry was posted in Misc and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s