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So, does that mean the conclusion of John Paul II and Ratzinger’s inquiry was that a Pope cannot resign?
…probably means the opposite…
Seems to me that Pope John Paul II was unwilling to leave the Church in a position of a Pope being incapacitated, when there is no provision for removing a Pope. Therefore he made arrangements to make sure the Church was not put into that position.
Certainly there has been precedent for popes resigning (I believe St. Celestine V was one).
I am not a Canonist or claim to understand the legalistic matter of this, but to my understanding of the term ’emeritus’ it would mean someone who has retired from a said position rather than resign.
Therefore in this instance, it would have been, that should Pope John Paul II were to resign, he would not be addressed as Pope Emeritus John Paul II but rather, he would divert to his former title and addressed as while he remained alive as “Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, Former Pope of the Roman Catholic Church” as indeed there is no provision for an Pope Emeritus and most likely never will
He meant that, at least at this time, and given his own big personality…he either had to die in surgery or continue as Pope, the surgeon either had to succeed totally or fail totally…because his continued existence merely as “Pope Emeritus” (I believe, actually, it would be better just to call such a man “Bishop Emeritus of Rome”) would undermine the authority of his successor and overshadow his successor (ie, people would keep going to the old Pope for questions, trying to “go behind the back” of the new guy, etc)
That was exactly my reading of it, Oneros.
I like “Bishop Emeritus of Rome” as a title for a retired or resigned Pope. It conveys the reality of the situation without having more than one guy called “Pope”.
I don’t see how it could be possible to “go back” to being a cardinal (or whatever rank/dignity preceded Pope).
During World War II, Ven. Pius XII told the cardinals that if he were ever captured, they were to consider that from that moment, he had abdicated, and to gather themselves together as best they could and choose a new Pope. It was unthinkable to him that the Church should be without a head at such a dire moment. If the Germans ever took him, he said (and I’m paraphrasing), it would be Eugenio Pacelli they captured and not Pope Pius.
A pope can resign. See Canon 332.2.
Pope Benedict IX was pope 3 times. He resigned twice.
Pius XII’s decision was probably informed in part by the experience of his predecessor Pius VII, who was captured by Napoleon’s troops and held in captivity for six years.