Offbeat Pope Francis' cryptic 'have to take my leave' comment raises speculation about possible future retirement

21:40  16 may  2018
21:40  16 may  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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The pope unleashed an international frenzy of speculation when he recently commented , “I have a feeling my pontificate will be brief. … Horn stated, “The comments by Pope Francis regarding possible assassination or retirement and that he may not be the pontiff much longer make me

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Pope Francis reads his message during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. © Alessandra Tarantino Pope Francis reads his message during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. Pope Francis’ cryptic comment Tuesday that he's thinking about when it's time to “take my leave” is raising speculation Francis could follow in the footsteps of his predecessor in retiring from the papacy.

Francis made the remarks during his morning homily Tuesday, and, as is the norm, the Vatican didn't release the full text but only selected excerpts, the Associated Press reported.

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.

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Francis speaks for first time about his own death as he hints at 'nerve problems' and early retirement Frank comments may lead to speculation about Francis 's health He also raises the possibility he might retire , like his predecessor Pope Francis has said he might have only two or three years left to live. On a plane trip back

"When I read this, I think about myself, because I'm a bishop and I'll have to take my leave," the excerpts quoted Francis as saying.

The pope added that 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 previously has said his predecessor, 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.

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Elizabeth I until the current queen took the British throne (500 years later), Pope Francis won't have a number affixed to his title until a future pope follows his lead. " Francis appears in good health, but his age and possible limitations from his single lung raise questions about whether he can face the

In retirement , I find reading the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church cover-to-cover, over and over again, to be the best activity possible . Pope Francis has made many laudatory comments about Martin Luther this year - 500 years after Luther left the true Church and her teachings.

Francis may have also been referring to Chilean bishops implicated in a sex abuse cover-up scandal, according to the Associated Press. 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.

The Vatican has said that during their first meeting, Francis gave the bishops a list of themes to meditate on, and that the time between now and their next meeting Wednesday would be devoted "exclusively to meditation and prayer."

It appeared that Francis was guiding the bishops through a Jesuit-style examination of conscience. This internalized self-critique has been on display in recent years. Francis issued a brutal public dressing down of the Vatican bureaucracy during Christmas.

The Associated Press has contributed to this report.

What does Pope Francis really think about homosexuality? .
That question has been raised in recent days by two seemingly contradictory news reports. Earlier this month, Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse in Chile who was a guest of the Vatican's in late April, says he and Pope Francis discussed more than the scandal that has roiled the church in Chile. They also discussed Cruz's sexuality. He is gay. According to Cruz, the Pope told him, "It doesn't matter. God made you like this. God loves you like this."The Vatican neither confirmed nor denied the Pope's words, saying they "do not normally comment on the Pope's private conversations.

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