Will Pope Francis Resign?

Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. – February 27, 2018

An increasing number of Catholics believe the Holy Father should resign, owing to the avalanche of scandals in which he’s implicated. The question then becomes who would replace him?

A poll last week of Church Militant viewers showed two in five Catholics believe Pope Francis should resign. This question revolved around the sex abuse cover-up involving the Chilean Bp. Juan Barros in which Pope Francis was publically skeptical.

The appointment of the disgraced former archbishop of Los Angeles as papal envoy for Scranton’s 150th-anniversary celebration didn’t sit well with Catholics either. Finally, the pope’s involvement in procuring a $25 million dollar grant for a scandal-ridden hospital in Rome is now on center stage.

If the Holy Father does resign, certain liberal bishops who helped elect Pope Francis to the papacy have already said they want the current secretary of state Cdl. Pietro Parolin to replace him.