Mandatory papal retirement?
By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | February 09, 2005 2:33 PM
While some have been talking about a possible papal retirement, based on the Holy Father's most recent health scare (including us here at CWN: see the link below), there has also been talk recently of creating a mandatory papal retirement age, like that which is in effect for bishops. Canonist Ed Peters says thats a lot of silly talk.
The Pope is the supreme legislator in the Church. There is no person or body within the Church to pass such a law binding on a pontiff. And even if one pope were to pass the law, his successors would only have to repeal it.
There will be no mandatory retirement for popes.
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Posted by: John J Plick -
Feb. 10, 2005 11:16 PM ET USA
"There will be no mandatory retirement for popes." Thank-you, Dom, for saying what needed to be said... And may God give us the grace to mind our own business.
Posted by: Janet Baker -
Feb. 09, 2005 8:01 PM ET USA
Mandatory??? Not according to Bishop Gumbleton!