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The future of the church: What does a pope do when he resigns?

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By Fran Salone-Pelletier, Religion Columnist

The media is crackling with the unusual news of a papal resignation. Roman Catholics are filled with wonderment. The pronouncement certainly caught everyone off guard. No recent precedent offered a softening effect.
Questions filled the air. Speculation began in earnest. Who might be the next Pope? In what capacity will Pope Benedict XVI serve? What title might be his? Will he be Pope Emeritus, Bishop of Rome Emeritus? How will this affect the church?
While the answers are yet to be discovered, or uncovered, there is much to note in response.


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