Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Why resigning is the wrong move

By abruptly resigning and not seeing the job through to his natural end, the present Pope has effectively reduced the pontificate to nothing more than a mundane directorship, which can be given up whenever the incumbent feels he has had enough.

It makes a mockery of the claim that each Pontiff is elected as Peter's infallible successor by the divine guidance of the Almighty.

"What God has joined together let no man put asunder" might equally be applied to the Papacy.

Cardinal Ratzinger's sudden unilateral divorce from his office has set a dangerous precedent which will undermine the credibility of his Church in general.

ADRIAN MARLOWE

The Hague

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