consensus was that having a retired pope lurking in the background would be problematic, potentially dividing the loyalties of the church and inviting speculation about whether the pope emeritus was still pulling strings.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Remaining in the Vatican, instead of retiring in Bavaria, may have been another way Benedict XVI Emeritus wanted to best serve the church. Mr. John L. Allen Jr. recalled the early
He offered “three reasons why having a retired pope close by may be no bad thing after all.”
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