Pope says he’s thought about when it’s time to ‘take leave’
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he has thought about when it might be time to “take leave” of his flock.
Francis made the comment during his morning homily Tuesday; the Vatican didn’t release the full text.
Francis was reflecting on St. Paul discerning when to leave his flock in the care of others, a decision Francis said all bishops must make.
He said: “When I read this, I think about myself, because I’m a bishop and I’ll have to take my leave.”
While the 81-year-old pope has said he didn’t envisage a long papacy, he hasn’t said explicitly if he’d retire.
Francis may have also been referring to Chilean bishops implicated in a sex abuse cover-up scandal.
In many ways I would like to add my "leave today" vote to this discussion but cannot. I did not favor Benedict's decision to leave when he did...before his time. I do not favor Francis following suit. I'm not a fan of him BUT I am a firm believer in The Papacy and in being so, favor the "die in office" tradition.When chosen to be Pope, that's the expectation.
Why are you so naive and believe this garbage? How many times he already said so, and never left? Francis loves this game! It put spotlight again on him. This men is thirsty for power and attention. He will never leave - only by death. Do not run after his vapor like a little children -it just brush his poor ego.
I used to feel the way you did and this has nothing to do with my feelings about Pope Francis. With people (including Popes) living so long these days, they can survive for a long period of time with serious mental or physical deficits that might have a serious, material and devastating affect on their ability to discharge their duties. No one was more upset than I was when Pope Benedict stepped down, but when I see pictures of him these days, it is very clear how fragile he has become. Pope Benedict set a good example for all of us in this regard.
What's going to happen if he resigns as CEO? We will have 3 popes and the new one will be a clone of Bergolio, so the Holy Roman Church will continue its rapid collapse into irrelevance. The Church always has said we get the pope we deserve.
I am completely against it. If this papcy is a disaster then we need to have it play out so we may learn from it. If it leads to an awakening of Pope Francis, then all glory to God. Leaving would confirm Pope Benedict’s mistake as precedent and make the Papacy a job and the Church a democracy, or an oligarchy, where the active groups can hound the Successor of Peter from office. Follow the example of Pope John Paul II and bear your trials with grace and dignity. That is going to be a vital example in the very, very near future.
"The Church always has said we get the pope we deserve."
That doesn't make any sense. The Church exists to save souls. The papacy is integral to the Church and, therefore, a major part of that salvific mission. The Church deserves a pope who promotes the mission of Christ, whose vicar the pope is.
If the pope does not support the mission of the Church, those aspects of the pope that are contrary to the Church's mission are foreign to the Church and not from God.
Agree with Jacob. The next pope will proudly tout "continuity" with Bergolio to the point where it becomes a badge of honor.
The next one will be worse.
BTW, I hope he is NOT referring to the Chilean Bishops. They have not ended in a position where diplomatic hints in public are deserved. He should send them some tickets to Rome and a moving van. They can dictate the letter before they cross equator.
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