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Sorry, conservative Catholics: The pope isn't retiring

Sorry, conservative Catholics: The pope isn't retiring

Pope Francis celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday, and then went back to work.

But if he had never been elected pope — if he had remained Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio — he would now be a pastor put out to pasture. Under church rules, cardinals who turn 80 before the death or resignation of a pope are ineligible to participate in the consistory called to elect the pope’s successor.

This must be a bitter pill for the...

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