What if the Emeritus is not pleased with his successor and decides he was pressured to resign and then reclaims the papacy because he was pressured?
The Los Angeles Times has and article on the Church, titled, Vatican infighting: We told you two popes could be a problem. You can read it by pressing these TWO SENTENCES HERE.
As you can imagine, even when parishes get new pastors who have different personalities and theological perspectives than the previous one, there is a time of upheaval until things settle down. People leave, stay quiet and wait it out or they embrace the new pastor with gusto and change their own perspectives on things inherited from the previous pastor.
I suspect the same is true with the Cardinals and bishops of the world. I suspect like the laity there are those who love Pope Francis and his austerity, but others who really hoped that Pope Benedict's papacy to heal the rift between the Church prior to Vatican II and the Church afterward seems to be wrecked by Pope Francis, ordained a priest in 1969 and enamored with that period of time and iconoclasm. But time will tell. Rupture may be his game.
But here is my hypothetical and it is precisely that and I think Pope Benedict's love for the Church would never lead him to set out on this path. But here goes.
What if Pope Benedict decided that Pope Francis is leading the Church into a theology of rupture with the past and stripping the papacy and the Vatican of its history and symbolism and replacing it with a secular model of governance, modern and puritanical?
And what if Pope Benedict who seems to be growing stronger since departing the papacy actually was ill and maybe suffering from depression and anxiety and was being pressured by the corrupt aspects of the Curia and the gay lobby to resign and this pressure got to him and under duress he did resign.
This sounds like a Dan Brown novel, but what if Pope Benedict came out and said he is reclaiming that which he did not resign because his resignation was made not in sound mind, but he was pressured by it, harassed by those who wanted him to resign and he was not in sound mind when he did so.
Would he still be the pope and Pope Francis an "anti-pope?" Is this possible in the hypothetical?
And what havoc would this play upon the Church and what division and schism would we see the likes of which we haven't ever seen?