The scandal-ridden Honduran prelate and close advisor to Pope Francis, Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, has announced his resignation.
Vatican journalist, Marco Tosatti, reported on his blog April 26 that Maradiaga had made his resignation announcement during the Chrism Mass he celebrated in Holy Week. The announcement has likewise been reported by Aleteia.
Tossati noted that the resignation is not immediate, even though 79-year-old Maradiaga has already submitted his mandatory resignation at age 75, which has so far not been accepted by Pope Francis.
Maradiaga is the current Archbishop of Tegucigalpa and the president of the Pope’s famous “C9” council of cardinal advisers. As such, he is deemed one of the Pontiff’s closest advisors and has been dubbed the “vice-pope.”
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