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Papal resignation: A lesson in "how and when to make a courageous exit"

Author: Heather Gary

"Pope Benedict’s announcement should not come as too much of a surprise," said Kathleen Sprows Cummings, associate professor of American Studies and director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. "He himself said on a on a number of occasions that the pope has the right—and perhaps even the obligation—to resign should he feel unable to carry out the duties of his office."

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