Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A resignation made out of grave fear.. is invalid by the law itself

An interesting question is posed at non veni pacem today.  See here.

Canon 332.2 of the Code of Canon Law States clearly that:

§2. If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone.

Canon 188 States that:

"A resignation made out of grave fear that is inflicted unjustly or out of malice, substantial error, or simony is invalid by the law itself."

At his inauguration, Pope Benedict XVI said, "Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves."

Obviously the Holy Father said this for a reason.  If he was motivated by such fear to resign, the resignation would be invalid by the law itself.


D.F. said...

“A shepherd must be ready to step down completely from his church, rather than leave in a partial manner”?

So, Benedict's resignation was "partial" because...it was coerced?

TLM said...

It was 'partial' for several reasons: Benedict himself, through Ganswein said that he still holds the 'prayerful' part of the Petrine Ministry and Francis carries out the practical, day to day operations part of the Ministry. He is still on Vatican grounds, he still wears Papal vestments (said he couldn't find any black cassocks to fit......what?) He himself said he would never give up the prayerful part of the Papal Ministry at the very beginning of his 'evacuation ' from the Papal Apartment in 2013. The entire situation has been as bizarre as I have ever seen or heard of in my lifetime, that's for darn sure! Don't know if you remember reading this but I remember seeing articles on Catholic blogs, after Benedict's stating what part of the 'Ministry' he would keep, that headlined: "So now we have two Popes"?? These are some of the reasons his resignation was considered 'partial'. To put it simply, the way I thought about it when it was being explained: "Benedict does the praying, and Francis does the doing."

Anonymous said...

I remember him picking the name Benedict, saying that his Papacy was temporary. You may be onto something.

Anonymous said...

This argument is QED. Benedict is still the Pope. Bergoglio is an antipope, & an especially vicious one.


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