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Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis remained one of the more controversial far-left liberal popes in the history of the Catholic Church. You may remember his continuous endorsements of socialism and socialist ‘ideals’.
You may also remember when TGP reported Francis told believers that Muslim terrorism does not exist and the dangers of radicalism exists equally in all religions. While it may seem far-fetched, the Pope also instructed the Vatican newspaper to praise Karl Marx.
Well, all things may be reverting back to normal soon, as it has just come out that the Pope is exploring retirement.
Pope Francis said Tuesday he has thought about when it might be time to “take leave” of his flock — a cryptic comment that could hint at another papal retirement down the line or a suggestion to other bishops that it’s time to go.
Francis was reflecting on a biblical passage of St. Paul discerning when it was time to leave his flock in the care of others, a decision Francis said all bishops must make at some point.
“When I read this, I think about myself, because I’m a bishop and I’ll have to take my leave.”
He said bishops shouldn’t consider their vocation as “climbing in an ecclesiastic career.” Rather, he reminded them they are shepherds caring for a flock, and that at a certain point the time will come to turn the flock over to someone else.
“I think about the bishops, of all the bishops. May the lord give the grace to all of us to be able to take our leave this way, with this spirit and strength,” he said.
Francis has said retired Pope Benedict XVI “opened a door” to future popes to retire when he resigned in 2013. While the 81-year-old Francis has said he didn’t envisage a long papacy, he hasn’t said explicitly if he’d follow in Benedict’s footsteps and retire.
Francis may have also been referring to Chilean bishops implicated in a sex abuse cover-up scandal. Francis opened three days of an emergency summit with the 34 Chilean bishops Tuesday, and there is widespread expectation that at least some of them will offer to resign by the end of it.
Pope Francis has yet to directly say if he definitively will retire and what that timeline would look like.