Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen

How will the Catholic Church handle a living ex-pope? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The resignation of Benedict XVI raises a conundrum not faced by the Catholic Church for centuries: How do you handle a still living ex-pope? For the entire 2,000 year history of the Church, the accepted orthodoxy has been for a pope to rule until he dies. A select group of cardinals then get together…

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  • slamfu

    I imagine they can contact any of the nations on earth who still have a monarchy and ask them what they do with their former leaders when they abdicate. Same thing right?