.- Catholic journalist Vittorio Messori, who wrote âCrossing the Threshold of Hopeâ together with Pope John Paul II, told the Italian daily âCorriere della Seraâ this week that the Holy Father has âno intention of resigning, no matter how sick he gets.â âJohn Paul IIâs decision has not changed,â Messori explained, underscoring that during the last Angelus at the Gemelli Hospital, the Pope assured that he would continue serving the Church.
âThat statement should be understood as a reaffirmation that, even in his condition, the Church is being governed and will continue to be governed. And governed by him, not by shadow governments,â he added.
According to Messori, âThe Church can never be considered a corporation, and her leader is not a president who must display good health, youthfulness and act like a manager.â
John Paul IIâs Christian witness is unequaled, Messori continued, and although his body is ravaged by the effects of Parkinsonâs disease, âhis spirit continues to be indomitable.â
âHe has already made his decision in conscienceâwe can confirmâand at least for the foreseeable future he will not turn back: the good of the Church today passes through the Calvary of a vicar who each day bears the cross that Jesus carried all the way to the peak of Golgotha,â Messori concluded.