If he claims to be the Pope, and no one disagrees with him, then I suppose he is the Pope.
I've had this in the early preview version, but things were quite buggy in general in tha version. Didn't think it would happen again! Most shocking thing that happened to the Pope in my games is his losing Rome. But that's not entirely unrealistic!
It also doesn't seem to take traits into great account. I've had a lunatic pope and a syphilitic pope elected, both of which struck me as decidedly strange.
It sounds like Vatican is working on liberalizing things a bit. A nudist Muslim Pope is a great first step.
“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so what.” - Stephen Fry.
"by the decree of God and of His Church, by the testimony of nearly all the clergy, by the college of aged bishops (sacerdotum), and of good men."
I posted it earlier, there is no need that you have to be male or chatolic, to become the pope. The main position during the voting concil is, if "god" give the voter the feeling / the aura. they can actually make everybody to the pope. Normally, a direct calling from god happens only one time by his son, but never again after this. But it is still possible and a way everybody can become pope.
God stands far behind mankind created relegion.
You know when you have 30 or so cardinals held at scimitar point, they'll elect whomever you tell them too
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. -Voltaire
If you can't get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country?
- General George Patton Jr
Actually; I think I figured out how this might have happened.
Step 1: Do some unknown set of actions
Step 2: That unknown set of actions concludes with the Pope becoming the vassal of another (either a King or Emperor), because the Pope is technically a special type of Duke.
Step 3: Have this subject-Pope think that, due to extremely low relations with his liege, it is a good idea to either press the "Convert to religion of liege lord" or "Convert to culture of liege lord"
Step 4: Have the subject-Pope activate the decision not chosen in Step 2 here some time later
Step 5: Due to Steps 3 and 4, and the effects of the decisions enacted in either or both steps, the Pope is no longer European and/or Catholic
Step 6: Hilarity and head-scratching ensues.
Now, exactly what you have to do in Step 1, I'm not entirely sure...but whatever happened there it seems pretty obvious that the Pope enacted Steps 3 and 4, pressing the appropriate "wrong culture/religion" decisions at some point.
Stupid pope always forget to declare crusades on the Muslims just at his doorstep in Naples, but instead declares crusades on Beirut... The pope should be a _little_ smarter. Game wise he is probably too much of a game mechanic and not thinking about his own survival as an AI.
Ok... Several Popes were Syrians or N. Africans but this guy in the pic has the wrong religion and is in the wrong timeframe...
Well sort of makes the phrase "Is the Pope Catholic?" somewhat redundant