One Pope at a Time

A Vatican ceremony on June 28 marked the 65th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. It featured a rare joint appearance by Pope Francis and his predecessor that seemed aimed at tamping down speculation prompted by the unusual circumstance that there are two living popes. In recent weeks debate has erupted over whether the two popes are sharing authority in the church or whether Francis is the sole successor of St. Peter. But Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is “clearly” a retired pope, Francis said during an in-flight press conference on his return to Rome on June 26 from Armenia, adding, “There is one single pope.” Francis recounted how Benedict has shooed away conservative supporters who come complaining about his reformist papacy. His predecessor reinforced that dynamic at the celebration, offering an endorsement of the course Francis has charted for the church. “We hope that you can go forward with all of us on this path of divine mercy, showing us the path of Jesus toward God,” said the retired pope.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
Richard Booth
2 years 1 month ago
Good heavens! Do people really need this explained? If so, we are in sad shape.
Fabio Massimo Patricelli
2 years 1 month ago MARANATHA'


The latest from america

Often, we have a tendency to privilege emotional moments over the more intellectual ones in our spiritual life.
James Martin, S.J.August 20, 2018
Photo by Jonathan Simcoe on Unsplash
Most people just don’t know that their pondering about life, about what really matters, is called theology.
Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability.
Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of Erie, Pa., speaks during a meeting in late January at the headquarters of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
“I think we need complete transparency if we’re going to get the trust of the people back,” said Erie Bishop Lawrence T. Persico.