Good comments, Fr. Wilson and Cheshire, but I have a question. Can the Pope remove any bishop on any pretext if that bishop hasn't reached retirement age, isn't incapacitated, and hasn't violated canon law or Church doctrine? Can you recall any case in the modern era where that's happened?
In other words, is a bishop sovereign in his diocese or can the Pope remove him at will? And even if the Pope can, what means does he have to force out a recalcitrant bishop? It's not like we have the ecclesiastical equivalent of sheriff's deputies for the removal of non-paying tenants. Or do we?
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a current donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!