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    • I think that he fathered those children prior to becoming Pope. I don’t think we have solid evidence that he continued relations with the mistress after becoming Pope.

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  1. Yes, this hypothesis is probably medically implausible. I am postulating it to examine the principles involved. Please accept it for that purpose.
    Suppose a medical treatment is developed which is safe, effective and inexpensive. It halts the aging process permanently. However, after twelve decades of life, the mind of the person “collapses” and the person becomes brain dead, like Karen Ann Quinlan. They can be maintained in this state indefinitely, even for centuries, with nasogastric feeding.
    What is the moral thing to do with such people?

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  2. What is the longest the Chair of Peter can be vacant, and not compromise the Indefectibility of the Church? I believe there was once a two year period? The Sedevacantists say it can last indefinitely.

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    • I believe that the chair will be vacant during the entire length of the Antichrist’s reign, in the distant future, which is just under 7 years. And I think that is the maximum.

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  3. I know this is not in your eschatology, but if, millennia from now, there were human colonies many light years away, would they need their own Popes because of the taking of decades to communicate with Earth?

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    • Licit Churches in the East operate as their own entity, in communion with Rome, but with a leader called a pope or patriarch. But in your hypothetical, there could still be only one Roman Pontiff with the authority of Saint Peter.

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  4. I understand the Pope has decreed that a Synod of Bishops can change Church teaching with his final approval. Could you comment?

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