FrankenPope Speaks About His Resignation

FrankenPope Speaks About His Resignation

[“The sooner, the better”!]

 en.news – 5/16/18
 

Pope Francis spoke in his homily (May 15) about St Paul going to Jerusalem (Acts 20, 17-27).

Francis applied the passage to himself, “When I read this, I think about myself because I am a bishop and I must say goodbye. I ask God for the grace to be able to say goodbye like this.”

Francs added that in the examination of conscience “I will not emerge victorious as Paul”.

But Francis takes this easy, since “the Lord is good, he is merciful”.

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2 comments on “FrankenPope Speaks About His Resignation

  1. With a proviso, according to Sandro Magister on 5/18/18:
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    FrankenPope Says He Is Ready For Resignation. But on the Condition That…
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    In an odd conjunction of coincidences, the words “testament” and “resignation” have recurred several times in recent days, on the lips and from the pen of Pope Francis, to some extent applied to himself as well.
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    To begin with, in the morning homily at Santa Marta on Tuesday, May 15, Francis urged everyone, but the bishops in particular, to “make a testament” similar to the one made by the apostle Paul when he said goodbye to the community of Ephesus, as recounted in chapter 20 of the Acts of the Apostles, read at the Masses of that and the following day.
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    Not a “worldly” testament – the pope explained – as when it is said: “This I leave to so-and-so, that to the other, that to the other…” with “so many assets” to be distributed. But a testament “that lets us see the journey of each bishop at the hour of departure” and sounds like “a sort of examination of conscience by the bishop before his presbytery.”
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    In this homily, Francis repeated an assertion that is close to his heart and to which he often comes back: that Paul, in drawing up an account of his life, “boats of his sins.” Something that in the writings of Paul simply is not there, nor is it in his discourses as presented by Acts, as Settimo Cielo has previously highlighted.
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    But this is not the point. It is rather the insistence of Pope Francis on obeying what the Holy Spirit dictates, or even “forces” one to do, even if for the pastor this means leaving the flock, by which “we will not see each other anymore.”
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    The next day, Wednesday May 16, the question of the testament and of resignation came to the forefront again, this time directly involving not one but two popes.
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    “L’Osservatore Romano” has previewed the text of a never-before-published manuscript by Paul VI, reproduced in a book by Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza on that pope, released in recent days: “The barque of Paul,” Edizioni San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo, 2018.
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    The manuscript bears the date of May 2, 1965, and is a letter for the dean of the cardinals in which Giovanni Battista Montini – who at that time had been pope for less than two years – says that he is prepared to resign from the papacy “in the case of infirmity that is presumed to be incurable or of long duration, and that would prevent the sufficient exercise of the functions of our apostolic ministry; or in the case that another grave and prolonged impediment should be equally hindersome to that.”
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    A few weeks later, on June 30 of 1965, Paul VI also wrote the famous “Notes for our testament,” completed with minor additions in 1972 and 1973. These, however, are already well-known, while the letter about his resignation is now being published for the first time.
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    But there’s more. Because “L’Osservatore Romano” has also published the brief words that Pope Francis wrote, dated December 8 2017, in commentary on this text of Paul VI.
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    From which we learn that Jorge Mario Bergoglio completely agrees with the step taken by that predecessor of his.
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    Francis in fact writes:
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    “What matters to him [to Paul VI – editor’s note] are the needs of the Church and the world. And a pope impeded by grave illness could not exercise the apostolic ministry with sufficient efficacy. This is why, in conscience and after mature reflection, he indicates his precise intentions for the greater good of the Holy Church.”
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    This makes it clear that Francis too, if he were to be affected by the impediments evoked by Paul VI, would be willing to resign from the papacy, as moreover he had already hypothesized on several occasions.
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    As an addendum to these statements of Pope Francis on the ultimate intentions of himself and of other pastors of the Church, it must also be pointed out that the secretariat of state recently distributed to all the cardinals, to the apostolic nuncio, and to curia officials five pages of “Guidelines for the drafting of a testament,” dated February 18, 2018.
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    The main reason for these guidelines is stated in them right from the start: “Not to generate discussions and divisions, especially among relatives.”
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    The first guideline is to draw up the testament “with the Vatican notary,” or to write it in pen from start to finish, sign and date each page, and keep it in a sealed envelope not at home but “in a secure place, for example at the Institute for Works of Religion, which has an office set up for this purpose.”
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    In the second place, “with the exception of rights that the law reserves for legitimate heirs,” it is suggested that a “universal beneficiary” be identified in an ecclesiastical organization recognized as “exempt from inheritance taxes,” with the caution of “indicating the non-lucrative purposes for which the assets are transferred to that specific organization.”
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    For example, “if the beneficiary is the Holy Father, the purpose will be: ‘for His works of charity, or for Peter’s Pence,’” while “if the beneficiary is a religious Congregation, the purpose will be ‘for the charitable works of the Institute.’”
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    The last two pages of the “Guidelines” contain a sample testament, with the designation of a “universal beneficiary” at the top (the pope, the diocese, the religious order, the seminary, etc.) to which the assets are to be left, and the task of assigning some of them to the persons indicated (home, vehicle, books, furniture, etc.), in addition to the duty of settling the funeral expenses and the fee for the executor of the testament.
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    All of this for the sake of “not using the ecclesiastical office in order to increase the wealth of one’s family.” Because “that which has been received from the Christian community, or from the sacred ministry, must come back to be at the service of the same, and, in particular, of the poor.”

  2. Until Vatican Radio broadcasts T-t-t-talkin’ b-b-b-bout my re-re-resignation by the Who, I’ll just file this under “trial balloon”. 🎶🎶😎

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