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I don't think a current pope should be hampered by a living retired pope in any way. It happens enough in parishes when a new pastor is appointed and a former or retired pastor is working behind the scenes creating problems with some of the changes the new pastor is making.
There should be canon laws concerning the title of a retired pope, his dress, place of residence and protocols in public appearances and teachings. It really is simple.
But this is something that needs addressing also:
In the past, there usually was continuity between pontiffs and protocols about dress, etc.
What there has not been is a mechanism to "correct" a reigning pope.
I'm not sure that is necessary as it could become too political as though things aren't now.
But, if cardinals representing their brother bishops have questions of the pope about this, that or the other, it seems to me that there should be a mechanism in place where the proper authorities in the college of cardinals drafts a dubia and the pope is required to give an answer.
What has occurred under Pope Francis and the dubia cardinals is reprehensible. But there are no canon laws concerning how it should be done and what the pope's response must be as far as I know.