I have absolutely no interest in recent discussions referring to any possible resignation of our current Pope. But these discussions have made me wonder about what would happen, in general, if a Pope resigned (for any reason).
The Church has not dealt with such a situation for many centuries. In the modern Church, if a Pope wanted to resign (for any reason), what would happen?
Does Canon Law stipulate a process for this? To whom would a Pope submit his resignation? When does it become effective? What would be his status afterward? Would he still be addressed by titles such as “Holy Father” (in the same way that former US presidents are still addressed, “Mr. President”?).
Where would he live? What sort of daily routine might he have? Could he become an “ordinary” Cardinal or Bishop again?
What would happen if any “modern” Pope wished to resign, for any reason?