Pope Francis has caused a wave of questions about his tenure at the Vatican. He said that he has thought about when it might be time to “take leave” of his flock.
Francis made this comment while giving his morning homily on Tuesday. The Vatican only released a portion of his full text.
The Pope was speaking on St. Paul and his need to discern when to leave his followers in the care of others. Francis said that this is a decision that all bishops must make.
The actual quote from Francis was: “When I read this, I think about myself, because I’m a bishop and I’ll have to take my leave.”
Pope Francis said previously that retired Pope Benedict XVI “opened a door” to future Popes by resigning. Francis, now 81-years-old, has said he didn’t envision a long papacy. But he has never explicitly said that he would retire.
Some have questioned whether the quote from the Pope was actually about Chilean bishops that were recently implicated in a sex abuse cover-up scandal.
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