Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
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Australian cardinal says Benedict has set bad precedent

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Sydney, February 28 - The Archbishop of Sydney
George Pell has criticised Benedict's XVI's decision to step
down as pope, saying it sets a dangerous precedent.
"People who, for example, might disagree with a future pope
will mount a campaign to get him to resign," Pell, who is one of
the cardinals who will elect Benedict's successor at the
upcoming conclave, told ABC radio.
"He was well aware that this is a break with tradition
(and) slightly destabilizing.
"But he felt that because of his weakness and sickness,
which was only too evident today, that he didn't have the
strength to lead the church in these demanding times.
"He's as aware, as I am, of the slight change to the
tradition"
Pell described the outgoing pope as a "brilliant teacher",
but added that "government wasn't his strongest point".
The Australian cardinal cited the example of the VatiLeaks
scandal, which saw Benedict's butler convicted of leaking
confidential Church documents to the media, before he was
pardoned late last year.
"He has to know his theology, but I think I prefer somebody
who can lead the church and pull it together a bit," Pell said
of the next pope.

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