Friday, May 17, 2002

Now Cardinal Ratizinger is Also Saying the Pope Would Resign if his Health Becomes to Much for Him:

Makes one wonder if something is in the works? From CNS:

Just before the pope's May 18 birthday, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and subdean of the College of the Cardinals, became the highest-ranking Vatican official to break the taboo and answer a German reporter's question about papal retirement.

The reporter from the Munich archdiocesan newspaper asked if the cardinal knew what the pope thought about resigning.

"I have not yet asked him about that, but if he were to see that he absolutely could not (continue), then he certainly would resign," Cardinal Ratzinger responded.

"As long as the cost is only suffering (for himself), he will continue," the cardinal said. "We are always impressed by his iron will."