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Pope Francis says there are no life time leaders in the Catholic Church

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national@bbchotnews The Roman Catholic Church should not have "leaders for life" in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis said on Friday. The Pope…More
national@bbchotnews The Roman Catholic Church should not have "leaders for life" in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis said on Friday.

The Pope, 78, has said before that he would be ready to resign instead of ruling for life if he felt he could not continue running the 1.2 billion-member Church for health or other reasons.

"Let's be clear. The only one who cannot be substituted in the Church is the Holy Spirit," the Argentinian-born pontiff said in an address to some 30,000 people at an inter-denominational rally of Christians in St. Peter's Square.

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Is Pope Francis thinking of retiring?
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When addressing the U.S. Congress perhaps he should make this "statement " about the U.S. Supreme Court as well
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Leonard Wessell
Did I understand the Pope correctly. All previous popes who have served until death are dictators. By the way, the vision of Christ the King is a vision that uses the authority figure of the life-time office of a king. Please, someone, correct me. Certainly Christ is the Lord of the Church and the Pope qua office is the person to whom He gave the keys to the kingdom, etc. I cannot shake the …More
Did I understand the Pope correctly. All previous popes who have served until death are dictators. By the way, the vision of Christ the King is a vision that uses the authority figure of the life-time office of a king. Please, someone, correct me. Certainly Christ is the Lord of the Church and the Pope qua office is the person to whom He gave the keys to the kingdom, etc. I cannot shake the impression, that Pope Francis has just abrogated the traditional view of the Pope with an indirect reference to some democratic form of government. When did the multitudes of billions of believer elect that man to be the "dictator" (= the one who has the say) of a non-authoritarian Church.