…by Anura Guruge
Last pope to resign, Pope Gregory XII (#266) On July 4, 1415 — resignation post.
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This is so ironic. Can only happen at the Vatican.
Universi Dominici Gregis, John Paul II’s (#265) February 22, 1996, Apostolic Constitution that will govern this sede vacante and the conclave, though it talks about resignations being permitted, forgets to include that in the all important Clause #49.
I flagged it 3 years ago. There is even a post here on all of the other inconsistencies. The good news is that the Holy See Press Office has 2 copies of the book, and the book is more accurate than the Constitution! There are more copies at the Vatican. Lord Ouellet (papabile #1.5) has one too.
News media, as is to be expected, is wrong. 15 full days after Feb. 28. Funeral is immaterial.
Barring deaths it will be 117 cardinal electors. 80 year cut off is as of February 27, 2013. The day before the start of the sede vacante.
I do know Universi Dominici Gregis by heart. I have read it, word by word, over 60 times.