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  1. What about split brain patients, who can have two streams of consciousness and two personalities? If one commits a sin, are both guilty?

  2. Marco says:


    About the sanctity of past popes and Staudt’s remarks, we have had Popes like Borgia or Stephens VI who were far from being saints, and i don’t think that they were the favorite pick of the Holy Spirit.

    So i would say that Cardinal Ratzinger’s remark was true. God’s Grace prevents the Pope from falling into heresy and schism but doesn’t always prevents him from being an evil or corrup person.

    Do you think this is doctrinally wrong? If so, why?

    • Ron Conte says:

      For the reasons stated in now two posts at
      Suppose a Cardinal is elected Pope, and that Cardinal is a secret heretic. Once he accepts his office, the grace of God, by that act of free will in accepting the office of Pope, removes every heresy from his person, and every tendency toward schism or apostasy.

      And I would suggest the same for mortal sin. If he accepts the office, he implicitly repents of his past sins, and the grace of God returns him to the state of grace. Then, during his office as Pope, he can sin, but I doubt he can sin mortally. Saint John the Baptist and Saint Joseph were each unable to commit any personal sin, despite being conceived with original sin. Mary had no original sin, so her situation is somewhat different, but she also was preserved from personal sin subsequent to the Immaculate Conception by a special grace of God. I don’t see why the Pope cannot have the grace to avoid actual mortal sin, as well as teaching heresy, and committing apostasy, heresy, or schism.

      I am certain that the Pope cannot be a heretic or teach heresy, as this was taught implicitly by Vatican I, and explicitly by Bellarmine. That the Pope cannot commit actual mortal sin is speculative. And now I need to write a third article.

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