Category: Papal Resignation

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We cannot take our faithfulness for granted

Several years ago, I realized that I hadn’t seen a friend of mine for a few months. He and his family were active in my parish. He was a young man with a very lovely wife and a bunch of rambunctious little boys. They could always be found in the narthex during the 11:30 Sunday Mass, working hard to wrangle the kids and doing their best to participate in the Mass. He was active in...

Should the Pope resign?

Since the revelation of Archbishop Viganò’s letter, accusing the Pope of covering up for Bishop McCarrick’s abuses, there have been many people urging Francis to resign the papacy (starting with Viganò himself.) Many of those who make such pleas are highly critical of Francis’ pontificate, even (or especially) in unrelated matters, like his teachings and the pastoral direction he has given to the Church. These people would like to see him gone, no matter the...

Was Pope Benedict forced to resign? (part 3)

This is Part 3 of a 3 part series. Click here for part 1. Click here for part 2. So far, the evidence seems to be piling up in favor of Pope Benedict’s free resignation and his affection for Pope Francis. But then, on July 2017, breaking news boomed all across the ultratraditionalist media, which had mounted a concerted resistance against Pope Francis since his election and/or since his publication of Amoris Laetitia (AL): Benedict had...

Was Pope Benedict forced to resign? (part 2)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series. Click here for part 1. Click here for part 3. In part 1 of this series, I pointed to evidence drawing from Pope Benedict’s own words during and until a year after his resignation, pointing to how said resignation was a completely free, uncoerced act from the former pontiff. Since then, Pope Benedict has chosen to keep himself away from the public eye. Conspiracy theorists believe this to...

Was Pope Benedict forced to resign?

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. Click here for part 2. Click here for part 3. One of the most tragic Church facts from the last decade is how one of the leading intellectuals of our time has been buried under an avalanche of controversy and misrepresentation, to the point of almost suffocating his message and ideas. I’m talking, of course, of Pope Benedict XVI. As someone who has read and enjoyed...