As many of you know, I serve at a female Monastery in Ohio in the US. There was a group of high school and college age kids at our church today because it was the 40 days after one of our parishioner's mothers passed away.
We have photos and paintings on the wall leading to the dining area with all of the Popes from the mid 19th century to today. One of the guys was telling the group about Pope Yousab II and I mentioned to them that he was removed from office and that there was no Pope from 1956 until Baba Kyrillos in 1959.
He was adamant that I was incorrect, but when I did a quick recheck I saw a number of sources supporting my comment.
As an Italian American, I am used to Popes mysteriously dying or being deposed while in office. Is the story of Pope Yousab II something that is not taught, or is it just something overlooked because Baba Kyrillos was so heavily revered because of his amazing humility and meekness?
Was I inappropriate for bringing this to their attention? Are there reliable sources from church history to explain what happened? I understand it was due to taking bribes for official church positions.
Thank you. Please pray for us at the Monastery.
One other Pope who I can think of off the top of my head which the Church deposed is Pope Cyril III for open and unabashed simony, which he would defend himself saying “I had no choice.”