Pope Benedict XVI was born on 16 Apr 1927. Thomas McCoog SJ argues that we have to go back to 1294 to find the only true historical precedent for his resignation.
‘Declared traitors by the crown, denounced by secular clergy, and derided by continental Jesuit colleagues, the English Jesuit mission was beleaguered by late 1590s.’ (p. 418) Its survival and remarkable recovery could not have been foreseen.
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