antipope

(redirected from Anti-pope)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

antipope

[Lat.,=against the pope], person elected pope whose election was declared uncanonical and in opposition to a canonically chosen pontiff. Important antipopes were NovatianNovatian
, fl. 250, Roman priest, antipope (from 251), and theologian. He opposed the election of St. Cornelius as pope and set himself up instead. He gained followers throughout the empire because of his espousal of the idea that those fallen from grace by compromising their
..... Click the link for more information.
; Clement III (see Guibert of RavennaGuibert of Ravenna
, d. 1100, Italian churchman, antipope (1080–1100) Clement III, b. Parma. As imperial chancellor of Italy (1057–63), he consistently supported the Holy Roman emperor's opposition to papal reform efforts, and he led the party that repudiated Pope
..... Click the link for more information.
); Nicholas V (see Rainalducci, PietroRainalducci or Rainallucci, Pietro
, d. 1333, Italian churchman (b. Corvaro, near Rieti), antipope (1328–30) with the name Nicholas V.
..... Click the link for more information.
); Clement VII (see Robert of GenevaRobert of Geneva,
d. 1394, Genevan churchman, antipope (1378–94; see Schism, Great) with the name Clement VII. He was archbishop of Cambrai (1368) and was created (1371) a cardinal.
..... Click the link for more information.
); Benedict XIII (see Luna, Pedro deLuna, Pedro de
, 1328?–1423?, Aragonese churchman, antipope (1394–1417) with the name Benedict XIII. He was a doctor of canon law and as cardinal (1375) became an outstanding member of the Curia Romana.
..... Click the link for more information.
); John XXIII (or by a different count, John XXII; see Cossa, BaldassareCossa, Baldassare
, c.1370–1419, Neapolitan churchman, antipope (1410–15; see Schism, Great) with the name John XXIII. He had a military career before entering the service of the church.
..... Click the link for more information.
); and Felix V (see Amadeus VIIIAmadeus VIII
, 1383–1451, count (1391–1416) and duke (from 1416) of Savoy, antipope (1439–49) with the name Felix V. In 1434 he appointed his son regent of Savoy and retired to the hermitage of Ripaille, on Lake Geneva, which he had founded.
..... Click the link for more information.
), who was the last antipope.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/

antipope

a rival pope elected in opposition to one who has been canonically chosen
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
The issue was not resolved until 1414 when the Council of Constance pressured anti-pope John XXIII to resign and excommunicated the Avignon Pope, Benedict XIII.
The deal is already drenched in controversy and opposed by many Chinese Catholics and anti-pope conservatives.
He explained he does not think Belfast is an "appropriate place" for the Pontiff 's visit but added he was "not anti-Pope".
It was nevertheless the anti-pope Anacletus II who elevated his status from count to king, needing the Sicilian's support against his rival, Innocent II.
In 1421 Martin proclaimed the right of Jews in Spain to practice medicine, to serve as bankers to Christians, and to collect the yields on such services from Christians, despite the earlier prohibitions of the Spanish anti-pope Benedict XIII.(51) In 1422 Martin restated the determination of the Holy See to provide security against Christian persecution in a bull that came to be known as the "Sanction extended to the Jews."(52) It, too, opened with the words Sicut Judeis.
And, pointing at the assembled media pack which had been drawn away from the Pope, he yelled with a grin: "Getting you all here for a start." In other words, one last public hurrah for the anti-Pope.
Do we have to believe that at the moment of the death of anti-pope Clement III in 1110, a large marble carving which became known as the Greek Madonna appeared miraculously on the beach nea r Ravenna?
A SENIOR Protestant clergyman told yesterday how he was "sickened" by anti-Pope graffiti attacks on Catholic churches.
The first documented display of a burial shroud purported to be that of Jesus dates back to 1389; a French knight, Geoffroi de Charnay, told (anti-pope) Clement VII in Avignon that he had inherited it from his father.
Barbarossa proceeded to get an anti-pope elected to replace Alexander; and Alexander in despair fled incognito to Venice and took refuge in the convent of the Carita.
It's ironic that a man, who professes to be anti-Pope because the Pope is a secular and religious theocrat, is also a secular and religious theocrat himself.