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“Do you think Pope Benedict will unilaterally recognize the SSPX before he resigns?”

“Do you think Pope Benedict will unilaterally recognize the SSPX before he resigns?”

I must have been asked this question more than 20 times since yesterday, so I’ll answer it on this blog.

No.

Pope Benedict will not unilaterally recognize the SSPX before he leaves office.

This would cause an explosion in the Vatican, then Benedict would disappear to a monastery and leave his successor to pick up the pieces. It would be deemed an act of cowardice on his part. And just think of how the Anti-Defamation League would react, and his successor having to deal with their outrage.

So no, I don't think Benedict will do or change much of anything over the next 17 days. It's not quite like the 'lame duck' session of a politician. I don't think he will do anything earth-shaking in his final two weeks. His announcement of abdication was earth-shaking enough.
- J. Vennari



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