In 1999 Pope John Paul II expressed «deep regret for the cruel death inflicted on Hus». 6 July 1415 the Church had condemned Jan Hus, and later had him burnt at stake.
The late Pope also suggested an inquiry as to whether Hus might be cleared of heresy.
Let me first express my gladness over Pope John Paul II calling the Catholic Church to repent for the sins of the Church, in specific the cruelty Rome did to the man of God, Jan Hus.
But this kind of statement by the Pope of Rome also raises many questions.
When an innocent man has been slaughtered or murdered, who is going to be held accountable for the crime?
Since the responsible for the crime, is no longer among us, I guess God the Almighty will not let this man escape judgment?
And, since there are earlier Popes in the Roman Catholic Church involved in this murder, what kind of spiritual consequences should such call to repentance lead to?
At lest in regards to doctrines of the Papal infallibility?
What made it take 584 years for the Papal system to come to a new conclusion in regards to Jan Hus?
What complicates the matter, is that God the Almighty will have to hold three claimed to be Popes responsible. At the time of the murder of Jan Hus, there were three men at the same time, who claimed to be the head of the «only true Roman Catholic Church of Christ».
There was a Pope in Rome, one Pope in Avignon in France, and a pope in the Italian city of Pisa.
The present Emperor of The Holy Roman Empire, King Sigismund, did not have an easy task to rule and judge between three popes fighting for the right to be called «Holy Father» and «the vicar of Christ».
At first of November 1414 King Sigismund called for a Church Council at Constance, and made The Bishop of the Italian Catholic diocese of Lodi head the the Council. That is the present Bishop of Milan. It was this council that condemned Hus, and holds the responsibility for him being burnt at steak.
Should the full Church Council stand trial in Heaven?
Should Pope Benedict XIII in Avignon, Pope Gregory XII in Rome, or Pope Alexander V in Pisa be called to stand on trial?
May be all three of them?
The doctrine of Papal illfallibility in questions of moral isses might not stand in the Court of law. And if its a failure in the Court of law, it will surely be banished from the Kingdom of Heaven.