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Old 2013-02-11, 12:47   Link #26345
Lord of Fire
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Originally Posted by Sumeragi View Post
He didn't, since every pope since Celestine V had that option, with some of the recent popes actually having prepared resignation documents to be used in certain circumstances. There was no tradition that one had to stay as pope, and every resignation should and must be based on the will of the pope himself. To make that into a tradition is contrary to the expectation of the pope: His will to carry out his duties. Should he wish to resign, he may do so, but to have a tradition is a form of pressure which is artificial.
You said the Pope has the right to quit if he chooses to do so. Yet, the majority of the Popes that went before him chose to stay till they died, even though they could have left at anytime. Doesn't that mean that they themselves stuck to a tradition of some sort?
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