Can a Pope Ever Resign? Published on 3 January 2013 (exactly 40 days before the Declaratio of Pope Benedict XVI)
About the author: Cathy Caridi, J.C.L., is an American canon lawyer who practices law and teaches in Rome. She founded the website "Canon Law Made Easy" to provide clear answers to canonical questions asked by ordinary Catholics, without employing all the mysterious legalese that …More
Can a Pope Ever Resign? Published on 3 January 2013 (exactly 40 days before the Declaratio of Pope Benedict XVI)
About the author: Cathy Caridi, J.C.L., is an American canon lawyer who practices law and teaches in Rome. She founded the website "Canon Law Made Easy" to provide clear answers to canonical questions asked by ordinary Catholics, without employing all the mysterious legalese that canon lawyers know and love. In the past Cathy has published articles both in scholarly journals and on various popular Catholic websites.

Can a Pope Ever Resign?

Q: I read in a news article that Pope Benedict said he would resign, if he reached the point where he couldn’t physically handle being Pope any …
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"'Substantial error' is harder to envision in the case of a papal resignation."

-Moreso for some than others.