Rome-Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah from the position of Director of the Vatican Office of Etiquette, and exempted blunt conservatives and the Vatican leadership who might take the post of Pope in the future.
The Press Office of the Holy See announced on Saturday that Cardinal Sarah had stepped down. No successors are named.
When the cardinal turned 75 on June 15 last year, he submitted his resignation in accordance with church law. However, the pope often allows the cardinal to serve in the two or three years after that age, even if he is under 80 years of age.
After accepting the resignation of Cardinal Sarah, the pope distinguished his subordinates from etiquette, homosexuality and relations with the Muslim world. The cardinal is the hero of many conservative Catholics, some of whom consider him the future pope. Before the age of 80, he can still elect the pope in the conference room.
Last year, the cardinal proposed a book that caused controversy. The book was widely interpreted as an attempt to influence Pope Francis’ decision on whether to allow married men to serve as clergy. When the retired Pope Benedict XVI asked to delete his name as a co-author of the book, the episode embarrassed the cardinal.