News went viral Tuesday that the Marxist leading Pope Francis, who was heavily influenced in Argentina politics, will step down sometime before the end of the year, which is days away.
According to En-Volve:
“A source close to the Vatican has reported that Pope Francis will be stepping down from the Papacy before the end of the year. There is “no doubt” the Pontiff “will resign in 2020”, the source confirmed.
Pope Francis became head of the Catholic Church following the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in 2013 and has been unpopular among U.S. Catholics for his radical stances on same-sex marriage, illegal immigration, and global warming as well as his support for Black Lives Matter.”
The Daily Express reports:
The 83-year-old became head of the Catholic Church following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI – a controversial move and the first of its kind in more than 500 years. However, a source close to Pope Francis claimed he would only serve for seven years, stating he would follow in the footsteps of his predecessor. Austen Ivereigh is the former Director for Public Affairs of the previous Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and continues to work closely with the Vatican.
He said: “I don’t think there’s ever been any doubt that he will resign in 2020.
“He made clear from the beginning that he regarded Pope Benedict’s (XVI) act as a prophetic act of great modesty and he would have absolutely no problem in doing the same.
“What was interesting was he said to Mexican television in 2014 that he believed that he would have a short papacy of about five years.
“What I’m hearing now from people close to him is that he’s going to need seven years to achieve his five-year plan, and that, of course, would mean staying on until 2020.”
If Mr Ivereigh is correct, it suggests Francis could resign after Christmas so as to avoid letting his papacy run into 2021.
Speaking in a lengthy television interview with the Mexican programme ‘Noticieros Televisa,’ the Pontiff responded to a question from journalist Valentina Alazraki about the length of his papacy.
He said: “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief.
”Four or five years. I do not know, or two, three. Well, two have already passed.
“It’s like a little vague feeling, but I have the feeling that the Lord puts me [here] for a brief thing and not more.”
A Express.co.uk reported:
“The 83-year-old became head of the Catholic Church following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI – a controversial move and the first of its kind in more than 500 years. However, a source close to Pope Francis claimed he would only serve for seven years, stating he would follow in the footsteps of his predecessor. Austen Ivereigh is the former Director for Public Affairs of the previous Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and continues to work closely with the Vatican.”
News of his retirement came during the same week as the Pope’s blessing on vaccinations using aborted fetal tissues, rejecting Catholic teachings on the value of human of life.
We can not verify that the news is true that Pope Francis will step down, but we know that he has been a deeply divisive and highly political figure.
Numerous Catholics reported that they believed the Pope would not step down.
TP O’Mahony reported on the Pope’s recent Birthday:
From the outset, Pope Francis – the first Jesuit and the first south American to be elected as Bishop of Rome – made it clear that he was committed to the restoration and implementation of the vision of the Church shaped by Vatican II.
So how has he fared? He celebrated his 84th birthday this week and while some very good things have happened on his watch, it is also only fair to register some significant failings.
One of his early biographers, writing a year after his election, described him as “the great reformer” and predicted that Francis would be “a radical Pope”. That prediction would need to be readjusted now.
In his writings stressed the importance of “mercy”, urging a Church that is less condemnatory and less judgemental. His famous reply to a question about homosexuality – “Who am I to judge?” – testified to this, though it horrified his critics of which today he has many, both inside and outside the Church.
His two greatest failings have been in relation to the scandal of clerical sex abuse, where action, not words on the part of Rome are called for, and his seeming inability to comprehend the desire of women to participate more fully in the governance of the Church.”
The Catholic Church has been rocked by numerous sex scandals under Pope Francis, who took a very lenient approach, distancing much Catholic faithful while limiting the consequences of the criminals who sexually abused church members.
The Salt Tribune reported in 2018 that Pope Francis reportedly told the gay man at the center of the Chilean clerical sex scandal that “the pope loves you this way. God made you like this, and he loves you.”
That pain of the betrayal has not been healed yet for many Catholics, although they may remain faithful.
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