Q - What do you make of the Cadaver Synod? Decisions like this certainly raise doubts on Pope elections and having the wrong people at the head of the Church.
A - Thanks for the question. I have to admit, you stumped me with this one. I had to do some research. Apparently, it is quite a story that I missed somehow. Pope Formosus' dead body put on trial by Pope Stephen VI. There is quite a bit to the story, but ultimately what happens is that one pope says the previous pope's decision wasn't valid and this happens through several papacies. Some use this to then question the validity of all Church teaching.
Distinctions in cases like this are very important. First of all, Popes can be scoundrels as well, and we have had some pretty bad popes. But, this has absolutely no effect on the office of the Pope nor on the teaching of the Church. In fact, no Pope has ever taught any doctrine infallibly, that has then been changed by another Pope, council, etc. With the number of scoundrels the Church has had, this is a remarkable record.
Do I think there could have been better Popes at certain times? Certainly. But, God has a mysterious way of bringing good out of evil.
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