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Kyle wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • When there are contemporaneous antipopes, do the antipopes consider the other antipopes to also be antipopes?
  • If so, would the pope and one (or more) antipopes team up to battle another antipope, like in the comic books where the X-Men (for example) have teamed up with Magneto to defeat a greater threat?

Kyle

  { Do antipopes consider other antipopes to be antipopes, and if so, would they battle each other? }

Bob replied:

Kyle,

I like your sense of humor. It would certainly make a great spoof, but to your point, most antipopes were involved in some sort of political rivalry, based on competing factions or regions of the Italian city states, therefore they did not recognize each other — at least until one prevailed.

Then, there would be submission, either by:

  • negotiation
  • coercion, or
  • simple capitulation.

There is plenty of intrigue in reading some of those stories. A concise listing of all popes and antipopes can be found in Oxford Dictionary of Popes, by J.N.D Kelly.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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