Melkite Patriarch resigns


#1

"Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of the Melkite Greek Patriarch of Antioch, His Beatitude Gregory III Laham, from his pastoral office. A letter from the Holy Father to the Patriarch-emeritus and all the Melkite bishops explains that His Beatitude presented his resignation during the course of a special audience with the Holy Father in February, and that the Holy Father has decided to accept the resignation"

en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/05/06/pope_francis_accepts_resignation_of_greek_melkite_patriarch/1310456

Sad news


#2

It is very sad indeed. It appears from what Pope Francis wrote that a lot of time and reflection was put in both the decision to resign and the decision to accept the resignation
by the Pope. The greater good of the Greek-Melkite Church was the priority.

I imagine that at 83 years old, it might be hard to keep up with such an important job.


#3

[quote="jaimeleglise, post:2, topic:442510"]
It is very sad indeed. It appears from what Pope Francis wrote that a lot of time and reflection was put in both the decision to resign and the decision to accept the resignation
by the Pope. The greater good of the Greek-Melkite Church was the priority.

I imagine that at 83 years old, it might be hard to keep up with such an important job.

[/quote]

Add to this that some members of the Synod were openly in rebellion calling him to resign.


#4

Is a patriarch required to submit his resignation to the Pope? That makes little sense to me as the patriarch is elected by the Synod, not appointed by Rome. Shouldn't his resignation be accepted by the Synod?


#5

Generally, yes, but I believe the CCEO includes the option of a patriarch submitting his resignation to the Pope of Rome.


#6

Tough to submit resignation to the Holy Synod when its members refuse to meet in numbers required for decision making


#7

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