promoting a Catholic Culture through reviews and resources
Monday, March 11, 2013
History of Conclaves: Vatican Radio
Image found on cnn news. Workers prepare Sistine Chapel with smokestack for coming conclave.
History of conclaves : lost in the mists of time...
Radio) The early history of conclaves seems to be lost in the mists of
time. As our historian Stella Fletcher tells us, they first date back
to the 13th century. However if one should look at the chronology of conclaves, there might be an element of Chinese whispers involved:
“…stories associated with Rome could be transferred to Viterbo and vice
versa…From 1179 onwards cardinals were the only electors of popes as
decided at the third Lateran Council. And voting took place by majority
of two thirds for a result to be valid. Conclaves by contrast seem to
have come about by accident. In 1241, Pope Gregory IX died and the
cardinals met it seems initially at San Gregorio Magno. At that point in
history the Emperor Frederick II was based at Grottaferrata and his
troops were ravaging the Roman campagna….