From my priest friend in Rome:
A little question and answer about the Pope’s resignation.
Yes, I am sad; I love Benedict XVI dearly.
Has this ever happened before?
Yes, in 1415, Pope Gregory XII resigned from Office to end the Western Schism.
Can the Pope still do this?
Yes, canon 332 of the Code of Canon Law foresees a papal resignation:
“If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone.”
Did the Pope do this publicly and freely?
Yes, he did it publicly this morning at an ordinary gathering of Cardinals. He did it freely, according to his words: “For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.”
What happens next?
There will be a conclave a few weeks after Pope Benedict’s resignation on February 28th to elect a new Bishop of Rome who will be the 265th successor of Saint Peter and the 266th Bishop of Rome.
Is the world going to end!? 🙂
No, the world will not end, unless Jesus comes again which could happen in five minutes, five days, five years, five hundred years or five million years…
Are you worried about the future of the Church?
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