Death of Pope Adrian V After Reign of Only Five Weeks

Death of Pope Adrian V After Reign of Only Five Weeks

Pope Adrian V
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Pope Adrian V (Hadrian V) dies in Viterbo, Italy. Adrian V occupies a unique position in the history of the papacy. He was only a deacon at the time of his election, and because his reign was merely five weeks, he was never ordained a priest.

This, in turn, means that he was never actually consecrated and crowned as pope because that couldn't happen until a person had been made a priest first.

Theologically speaking, then, he could not legitimately be pope. At this time, however, a successful election is sufficient to make one a pope, so he remains on the canonical list. He may be the only pope who was never a priest.

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