Pope John Paul II considered and rejected resignation, postulator reports
Catholic World News - January 26, 2010
Pope John Paul II once told his doctor that “there is no place in the Church for a ‘Pope Emeritus,’” according to the Polish priest. Msgr. Slavomir Oder, the postulator of the cause for beatification of the late Polish Pope, told the Italian ASCA news agency that Pope John Paul had studied the question of resignation, and concluded that he could not step down.
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