Ratzinger, the conditions of the Pope emeritus are worsening: the scenarios

The liturgist don Claudio Magnoli, consultor of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, questioned by Adnkronos in the hours in which the Church is gathered in prayer

With the worsening health conditions of the Pope emeritus, unprecedented scenarios are opening up in the event of a funeral for Benedict XVI. It could be Bergoglio himself who will preside over the solemn funeral of his predecessor. The liturgist Don Claudio Magnoli, consultant of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, questioned by Adnkronos in the hours in which the Church is gathered in prayer for the Pope Emeritus, explains: “From a liturgical point of view, I believe that when the funeral takes place, the ritual that is foreseen for the funeral of the Popes will given that with Ratzinger we speak of a Pope. The substantial difference” compared to when a Pope dies ”is that probably the reigning Pope could preside over them, therefore Bergoglio, while instead when there is a Pope’s death it is the dean of cardinals who presides”.

The liturgist, however, does not even exclude that the dean could remain to preside over solemn funerals if Pope Francis does not feel like it due to known knee problems. Another new aspect with respect to the rituals of any funeral is linked to the dressing of the Pope Emeritus. “Since Joseph Ratzinger has not renounced the white robe even in these almost ten years as pope emeritus – observes the liturgist – he could decide to keep the pontifical vestments. It can also be hypothesized that Ratzinger also dictated these wills in a will. Or that he will decide perhaps the ceremonial of the Vatican”.

The Pope emeritus, on the other hand, has already indicated in 2020 the place where he wants to be buried. He chose the tomb that belonged to John Paul II, in the crypt of St. Peter’s. Tomb that is free because the urn and the remains of Wojtyla were transferred to a chapel near Michelangelo’s Pietà after his canonization.



Source-www.adnkronos.com