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Mandatory papal retirement?

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Feb 09, 2005

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!

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