Antipope Clement VIII
- Antipope Clement VIII should not be confused with Pope Clement VIII.
|Antipope Clement VIII|
Tomb of Antipope Clement VIII in Palma Cathedral
|Predecessor||Antipope Benedict XIII|
|Successor||Martin V (as Pope)|
|Opposed to||Martin V
Antipope Benedict XIV(Jean Carrier)
|Other posts||Bishop of Majorca|
|Birth name||Gil Sanchez Muñoz y Carbón|
|Died||28 December 1446|
Clement VIII was one of the antipopes of the Avignon line, reigning from 10 June 1423 to 26 July 1429. He was born in Teruel between 1369–1370, as Gil Sánchez Muñoz y Carbón, and died on 28 December 1446.
He was a friend and advisor of the future Avignon Pope Benedict XIII, and member of the Avignon curia. In 1396 he was an envoy to the Bishop of Valencia to get Spanish support. Benedict had appointed four cardinals, and on his death, three of them, on 10 June 1423, elected Sanchez Muñoz as Pope. The fourth, Jean Carrier, absent at the time, declared the election invalid, and elected his own antipope in turn, who took the name Benedict XIV. Consequently Jean Carrier was excommunicated by Clement VIII.
Clement VIII's fate was bound up with the ambitions of Alfonso V of Aragon. Alfonso wished to negotiate for Naples, and so gave Clement support: his queen Maria of Castile, and the Aragonese bishops supported Martin. In the summer of 1423 Alfonso persuaded the Republic of Siena to acknowledge Clement VIII, thus securing recognition for the pope of the Avignon line in the very city, Pavia, which was part of the Republic of Siena, where the Roman pope Martin V had convened an ecumenical council of the Church.
However, when King Alfonso had achieved his political goals, he sent a delegation in 1428 (headed by Alfonso de Borgia, the future Callixtus III), to persuade Clement to recognise Martin. Clement declared his abdication on 26 July 1429 and had his cardinals elect Oddo di Colonna (Martin V) his successor, a formal act precluding future doubts concerning apostolic succession. His abdication was confirmed in mid-August. Clement had to make a penitential submission in forma to Martin V, and when this was done Martin granted Sanchez Muñoz the Bishopric of Mallorca. Sanchez Muñoz died on 28 December 1446.
- George L. Williams, Papal Genealogy: The Families And Descendants Of The Popes, (McFarland & Co. Inc., 1998), 234.
- Michael J. Walsh, Lives of the popes: Illustrated biographies of every Pope from St Peter to the present, (Barnes & Noble Books, 1998), 183.
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