Pope Francis’ cryptic remark Tuesday that he is enthusiastic about when it is time to “take my depart” is elevating hypothesis Francis may comply with within the footsteps of his predecessor in retiring from the papacy.
Francis made the remarks throughout his morning homily Tuesday, and, as is the norm, the Vatican did not launch the total textual content however solely chosen excerpts, the Related Press reported.
Francis was reflecting on a biblical passage of St. Paul discerning when it was time to depart his flock within the care of others, a call Francis stated all bishops should make sooner or later.
“Once I learn this, I take into consideration myself, as a result of I am a bishop and I will need to take my depart,” the excerpts quoted Francis as saying.
The pope added that bishops should not think about their vocation as “climbing in an ecclesiastic profession.” Slightly, he reminded them they’re shepherds caring for a flock, and that at a sure level the time will come to show the flock over to another person.
“I take into consideration the bishops, of all of the bishops. Might the lord give the grace to all of us to have the ability to take our depart this manner, with this spirit and power,” he stated.
Francis beforehand has stated his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, “opened a door” to future popes to retire when he resigned in 2013. Whereas the 81-year-old Francis has stated he did not envisage a protracted papacy, he hasn’t stated explicitly if he’d comply with in Benedict’s footsteps and retire.
Francis might have additionally been referring to Chilean bishops implicated in a intercourse abuse cover-up scandal, in accordance with the Related Press. Francis opened three days of an emergency summit with the 34 Chilean bishops Tuesday, and there may be widespread expectation that no less than a few of them will supply to resign by the tip of it.
The Vatican has stated that in their first assembly, Francis gave the bishops a listing of themes to meditate on, and that the time between now and their subsequent assembly Wednesday could be devoted “completely to meditation and prayer.”
It appeared that Francis was guiding the bishops by a Jesuit-style examination of conscience. This internalized self-critique has been on show in recent times when Francis has issued a brutal public dressing down of the Vatican paperwork at Christmas.
The Related Press has contributed to this report.