A “small fracture” that prevented him from traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan prompted rumors of a possible resignation. Benedict XVI – First Father He left open the possibility of an early end to the papacy for health reasons – to resign – the first in nearly 600 years. The idea that a pope would last forever was no longer set in stone.
Francisco, 85, has been suffering from his knee since earlier this year, but it was only in May that speculation began to mount. “Before I act, I resign”, he joked before the Italian bishops later that month. “Everything arose from these words which were misunderstood by some”, Dice A Trade and Italian journalist Gian Guido Vecchi, Vaticanist of the diary “Corriere della Sera”.
Indeed, the journalist points out, some Italian bishops, after the joke, Francisco had added that”They say governance needs your head, not your feet.”, an idea he reiterated in an interview with Reuters earlier this week Father He refused immediate resignation. “It never crossed my mind”, he said in a calm tone. “Currently, no”, he immediately hinted at the possibility of resigning if unable to continue. On the date of that moment, Francisco replied: “We don’t know. God will say”.
“When the time comes, when I see that I can’t take it anymore, I will [renunciar] And this is the best example of Pope Benedict: this is a very good thing for the Church, and he asked the popes to stop in time.
Health status Father He had already caused concern when he underwent colon surgery in July 2021. The Pope suffers from chronic sciatica and had to have part of his lung removed when he was young.
Two more facts add to the suspicion. First, the Father An unprecedented gathering was convened in August to name new cardinals, including future electors in a conclave event. Then, later that month, the Vatican confirmed. Francisco You will visit L’Aquila, the city of Celestino V, the first pope to freely renounce the papacy.
These coincidences have led some journalists and departments of the Church to raise this hypothesis. Vechi knew”The rumors are fueled by opponents of Francis’ papacy, particularly in the United States. Because of their desire to make it happen, it tries to be somewhat disruptive”.
own Francisco He was conflicted about the rumors in September 2021. I still”I live even though some people want me dead“, he said.
Italian historian Gerardo Ferrara, representative of Spanish-speaking foundations at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome), despite rumors of resignation Francisco Not so baseless, he is unlikely to resign.
“Only an effective inability to move autonomously or an inability to travel can do that. An exclusion will only happen in the event of an exception Father Disabled, especially in the Church to make arbitrary decisions”, he says in this newspaper.
For Mirticeli Medeiros, a researcher of Catholic history at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, it’s hard to imagine resigning. Franciscook th Father He knows there is strong opposition to his reform, and is quick to act if he shows the slightest sign of weakening. That would hinder this whole movement of change that you propose.
“At least now it seems to me that he is unlikely to resign. But if he does, the confusion will be enormous. Let’s imagine three popes! This would be unthinkable and cause enormous organizational wear and tear. That is why I believe, at least while Benedict XVI lives, Francisco Won’t do that. Not to mention that Francis has important missions to complete, a sioot to finish and a war (one in the Ukraine) that really needs his intervention. The current situation, to say the least, is not conducive to resignation”, confirms the expert.
Vecchi asks if all this debate is possible because of the resignation of Benedict XVI. Today’s result Father Emeritus was a breakthrough and broke a tradition that had been maintained for centuries. Joseph Ratzinger was not the first pope to resign, but the first in modern times to do so.
“Since then, it has been possible for Rome to have emeritus bishops, as for all other dioceses. It has opened this possibility forever. He’s right: life expectancy is advancing, medicine is evolving. Cases may be a Father Realizing that he can no longer fulfill his service, he leaves“, he says.
However, the expert believes about the current rumours Francisco They are futile attempts to oust him from office and they do not affect him. “We are talking about a Jesuit who experienced very harsh situations and threats in his life during the years of the Videla dictatorship in Argentina. Is he Father A ‘revolution of softness’, but he knows how to be tough. Certainly not one to be intimidated by what he called ‘court gossip’.”, he concludes.
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