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Pope says he’s thought about when it’s time to ‘take leave’

Pope Francis, flanked by Bishop Angelo De Donatis, delivers his speech during a meeting with the Roman diocese, at the Vatican Basilica of St. John at the Lateran, in Rome, Monday, May 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he has thought about when it might be time to “take leave” of his flock.

Francis made the comment during his morning homily Tuesday; the Vatican didn’t release the full text.

Francis was reflecting on St. Paul discerning when to leave his flock in the care of others, a decision Francis said all bishops must make.

He said: “When I read this, I think about myself, because I’m a bishop and I’ll have to take my leave.”

Francis has said retired Pope Benedict XVI “opened a door” to future popes by resigning. While the 81-year-old pope has said he didn’t envisage a long papacy, he hasn’t said explicitly if he’d retire.

Francis may have also been referring to Chilean bishops implicated in a sex abuse cover-up scandal.

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  • Francis has said retired Pope Benedict XVI “opened a door” to future popes by resigning.

    Imagine that – the pope who was best known for his strict adherence to orthodoxy did the one thing the orthodox are never supposed to do – change something – in this case, something major. Funny how there was nary a peep about that among the uber-orthodox at the time B16 abdicated his role as the Vicar of Christ. It was as though nothing unusual had happened at all. Meanwhile, the uber-orthodox are still lecturing the rest of us about how nothing is ever supposed to change in the church. Go figure.

  • The “uber-orthodox” were blindsided and in shock by the abdication that occurred. I think that most Catholics still don’t understand why it occurred; and that lack of transparancy at the Vatican doesn’t help the faithful to understand. To imply that this was business as usual and therefore accepted by the conservative faithful is far from correct. What is actually did was to bring to the surface yet again the divisions that exist among the conservative and liberal factions of the church.
    That being said, it is an incredible stretch for you to compare a guy retiring early (for whatever unexplained reasons) to a major change in doctrine; especially in the direction that you want it to go.
    Maybe you should be faithful to the Relativistic tendencies that you constantly express and accept that the “relative” teachings of the Church are superior to your own.
    Imagine that.

  • It would probably be easier to put it in context if you knew something more about “Catholic” than how to spell it.

  • I’ve often been critical of this pope, but his latest statement here is certainly something I’m heartily in agreement with. I think his predecessor set a good precedent, since most people’s key faculties are diminished with age. Had Pope John Paul retired several years earlier, perhaps a younger pope could have been chosen, who would have taken on the ugly issue of pedofelia in the Catholic Church.

    And who among us wouldn’t applaud if he, indeed, was aiming the message at Chilean priests implicated in the sex abuse scandal!

  • if you want someone to audit your youtube site, you have to do better than some jumble sentences . from here the assumption is that you have nothing to say worth pursuing .

  • ” I think that most Catholics still don’t understand why it occurred….”

    benedict xvi was 85, what is there to understand ? while there have been in the last 700 years 3 popes older and another the same 85, somehow the idea that those that age can do the work demanded of the office is asking too much of humans, even those with the charisma of the papacy .

  • the actual history, Elagabalus, is that things do change over the years in the catholic church .

    but they change very slowly over decades if not centuries .

    the changes then are explained away in official language which will tell one that the church didn’t really change anything essential .

    each generation of ultra orthodox will have died before the changes are obvious and thus generally little public out cry is heard .

    but benedict xvi really didn’t change anything . he just did something that hadn’t been done in 500 years (or 700 depending on which pope one wishes to speak of) .

  • the catholic church needs to get over the idea that 75 is a prime age for becoming pope .