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Pope Gregory XII Resigns!!!

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, God Blog, Dominic Lanza, Pope Gregory XII, Innocent VII, Martin V, Western Schism, Angelo Correr, Angela Corraro, Antipope Benedict XIII, King Ladislaus, Benedict XVI, Pope resigns, Carol I Malatesta, College of CardinalsPOPE GREGORY XII RESIGNS!!!

That was the headline from the Roman Daily Whatever on July 4, 1415.

And today’s headline about Benedict XVI is no less shocking. But there are millions of sources writing about that subject today. No need for one more.

So I say Рwho is this Pope Gregory XII and why the heck did he resign from such a great job?

Well, he sort of had to because the very small College of Cardinals at the time (many were just relatives) made a deal with Pope Gregory XII in 1406 that if the other Pope in Avignon (Antipope Benedict XIII (1394-1423) were to, in the future, renounce all claims to the Papacy (which he reluctantly did on July 4, 1415), Pope Gregory XII would also have to resign so that a fresh election could be made and a new Pope could start a new era for the Church.

(But not before Gregory XII got four of his relatives into the College of Cardinals – one who eventually became Pope Eugene IV.)

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, God Blog, Dominic Lanza, Pope Gregory XII, Innocent VII, Martin V, Western Schism, Angelo Correr, Angela Corraro, Antipope Benedict XIII, King Ladislaus, Benedict XVI, Pope resigns, Carol I Malatesta, College of CardinalsIt, of course, wasn’t as clean as all that. Once you introduce someone with a title “Antipope” – you know you’re in for trouble.

There was lots of corruption, lots of family fights, lots of things, in general, that Jesus wouldn’t approve of much.

Thank God the Church has fixed all those little problems.

For a good little summary of the whole Pope Gregory XII resignation – head on over to Wikipedia (where we all get our facts).

As far as Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation¬†goes – my Catholic intuition tells me that all is not as it seems at the Vatican.

If failing health was a solid reason for resignation, nearly every Pope would have resigned years and years before they died.

None of those guys are ever healthy. Their diet is just a ridiculous amount of sauces and carbs. And the wine consumption? Forget it.

It’s not a healthy job.

Dying in office is what you do when you’re a Pope.

Being Pope isn’t like being President of the United States.

There aren’t ex-Pope’s running around building houses and giving speeches.

You’re Pope, even if you’re sick, and then you die as Pope.

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, God Blog, Dominic Lanza, Pope Gregory XII, Innocent VII, Martin V, Western Schism, Angelo Correr, Angela Corraro, Antipope Benedict XIII, King Ladislaus, Benedict XVI, Pope resigns, Carol I Malatesta, College of CardinalsPope Gregory XII had to resign because it was part of a long complicated agreement to end the whole wackiness of the Western Schism (again – go to Wikipedia for details).

Details will come out eventually on why Benedict XVI really resigned – and I have a feeling it won’t be pretty.

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  • Habemus Papam says:

    Pope Gregory XII swag is going to be selling through the roof now.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:05 am
  • Pope Janice I says:

    Oh to be a reporter in Rome with a name like Dominic Lanza. Look forward to more dispatches.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:08 am
  • David Kong says:

    I never reason a Pope can resign. It’s my first time hear such a thing. And this is a good spirit.

    February 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm
  • CJ George Michael says:

    Please do not post any anti version of Our Pope’s resignation ! He is the representative of Our Lord Jesus .Loose posting creates unhappiness .Peace be with you all .

    February 13, 2013 at 8:38 am
  • Madeleine Vessel says:

    Thanks for the history lesson. Sounds like fodder for a movie. Can’t wait to learn what’s happening behind the scenes in Rome today, and I say this with love as one of the family of Catholics.

    February 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

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