Wherein Fr. Z apologizes and explains a response to a reader’s question

Posted February 1, 2017 3:36 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

I need to explain something and to apologize if I caused wonder or confusion.
On 27 January I posted an response to a person’s question:
QUAERITUR:
Given the rate things are going for this current pontificate, would it be sinful to pray that, if it be God’s will, that the pope either abdicates or dies and a new pope of a more conservative leaning is elected?
I RESPONDED on 27 January:
I get this often.
No.  It is not necessarily sinful to pray for the end of a pontificate, one way or another.
However, it depends on why and on your attitude.  I urge people not to have hate in

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