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A Brief Note about Papal Resignation

Dear Readers, Those of us in Rome were no less stunned than the rest of the world by the Pope’s announcement yesterday.  Nobody saw it coming!  It was, therefore, a cruel coincidence that “Can a Pope Ever Resign?” was published … Continue reading

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Can a Pope be Removed from Office?

Q: In a recent piece you explained that the Pope can resign if he chooses.  To me that raises another question: What would happen if a Pope became so mentally debilitated that he didn’t know what he was doing?  It … Continue reading

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Can a Pope Ever Resign?

Q:  I read in a news article that Pope Benedict said he would resign, if he reached the point where he couldn’t physically handle being Pope any longer.  Is that even possible?  Can a Pope ever resign?  —Scott A:  It’s … Continue reading

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Canon Law and the Pope’s Butler

Q: I understand that the Pope’s butler was arrested and convicted under Vatican civil law, and not under canon law. But didn’t he violate canon law too? I thought it was a crime under canon law to cause harm to … Continue reading

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When Does the Pope Speak Infallibly?

Q: There was a lecture at our parish and the guest-speaker said something in passing about the Pope making infallible decisions. He claimed that it has only happened twice in history! Do you know what he was talking about? I … Continue reading

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