May 22, 2006

There are two other popes on earth.


For an article on Pope Theodoros II, click on: HERE. After the page opens, look at the list on the left of the page, and click on the link, "The Patriarch." That page will open with Greek at the top, but if you scroll down you will then see the article in English.


For an article on Pope Shenouda III, click on: HERE.


Anonymous Andrew S. said...

I like their crowns.

11:13 AM  
Blogger glorybe said...

Uh, oh, Father, I need some help here. I thought the Orthodox didn't have popes? I thought they only had patriarchs that were all equal. At least that is how my Greek Orthodox cousin explained it to me. My dad is Greek, so that whole side of the family is Greek Orthodox, although many of them have fallen away from their church my dad included.)

1:09 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The word "pope" simply means "father". For the Greek Orthodox of Alexandria (as well as the Coptic Orthodox of Alexandria) they simply use the word "pope" as the title for their own local patriarch. Constantinople (in Turkey) also has a Greek Orthodox Patriarch. The Greek Orthodox "Pope" of Alexandria doesn't have jurisdiction over the other Greek Orthodox Patriarchs.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

These popes don't claim any direct descent from St. Peter, do they?

And what about this phenomenon:

1:20 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Those two popes in Alexandria do not claim descent from St. Peter. Alexandria is held to be the see of St. Mark.


As for Strange. They are one of several "sedevantist" groups that believe Pope Pius XII was the last true pope.

Pulvermacher--who was not a bishop, only , it seems, a priest--invalidly ordained Bateman to the priesthood (you cannot do that if you are not a bishop).

Then Pulvermacher, a week later, "consecrated" ("ordained") Bateman to be a bishop. Again, no validity.

Then the "so-called 'bishop' Bateman" made Pulvermacher a bishop.

So, a priest (Pulvermacher) makes a non-priest (Bateman) into a non-priest. Then Pulvermacher makes that non-priest (Bateman) into a non-bishop. Then, Bateman, a non-priest and a non-bishop, makes Pulvermacher into a non-bishop also.

7:42 AM  

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