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Originally posted by E L E M E N T
If I had nothing but religion in my life and is my driving force, why quit being the king just because your in bad health?
And plus, He's the pope, he's close to the end. Might as well finish the ride as the pope.
He does not need to resign, but I am sure somewhere within the annals of the Vatican legal counsel, his papacy can be overridden by law, if he chose not to sign a document of abdication when they noticed his failing health. Vatican City after all is a sovereign nation with its own laws. And if the cardinals decide this is what is necessary, not a soul can challenge their position.
Originally posted by maverick7236
My question is... Does the Pope need to resign? I grew up Catholic and still really do not know the kinds of responsibilities that go along with being the Pope. I have heard about his rulings on birth control and abortions but I do not understand if any stress he goes through as being the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Enlighten the ignorant please.