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Antipope

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A false claimant of the Holy See in opposition to a pontiff canonically elected. At various times in the history of the Church illegal pretenders to the Papal Chair have arisen, and frequently exercised pontifical functions in defiance of the true occupant. Hergenröther enumerates thirty in the following order:

Note: See also Dioscorus (d. 530) and John XXIII (1370-1419), not to be confused with the twentieth-century pope of the same name.


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APA citation. Antipope. (1907). In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01582a.htm

MLA citation. "Antipope." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01582a.htm>.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Paul T. Crowley. Dedicated to Pope John Paul II.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. March 1, 1907. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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