Cardinal reported at a press conference on personal conversation with Pope Francis on the sidelines of the Amazon Synod.
Edit: don’t expect this evil prelate to leave any time soon. He’s been bulletproof over undeniable evidence he’s covered up for sexual abuse. It’s our suggestion that prelates with sufficient leftist credentials are protected and can even be rehabilitated, unless their offenses are so egregious they can’t be covered up, as is the case with Ex-Cardinal McCarrick.
Vienna (kath.net/KAP) Christoph Cardinal Schönborn personally handed Pope Francis his resignation during the Amazon Synod in Rome in October. He emphasized this on Friday at a press conference in Vienna at the end of the autumn plenary assembly of the Bishops' Conference. According to church law, diocesan bishops must offer their resignation to the pope at the age of 75. In the case of Schönborn, this would be January 22, 2020. But he did not just want to write a letter, but also use the opportunity at the Synod to personally address this to Pope Francis. Of course: "The decision is now made by the Pope." And he thinks that's good too, "that the pope has the last word".
Schönborn confirmed media reports that there are three options. The pope could immediately accept the resignation, or extend the term of office of the Viennese archbishop for some time, for example, two years, or: Pope Francis accepts the resignation "nunc pro tunc" (= "now for later"), extended at the same time but the term of office for a certain period. Whenever this resignation will come, relatively soon, or in about two years, "it will come" and it is "an open game". Naturally, the whole thing was also a "very emotional act" for him, said Schönborn, who has been bishop for 28 years.
Also in his Freitag-Kolumen in the free newspaper "Heute" Schönborn thematized his near 75th birthday. "My 75th is approaching, so as is the rule in the Church, I offer my resignation to the Pope, and it is up to him to decide when to retire." Whenever that will be, he is grateful for both the service and the retirement, for "every year of aging is a gift". Almost 50 years ago, in 1970, he became a priest. "To have time for God and the people, that is the meaning of life for me, even after the seventies," said the cardinal.
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