Say that a Pope becomes bedridden and so he cannot go out in public and does not have the stamina to perform other duties. Or he begins suffering from Alzheimer's and thus cannot remember that he is the Pope. At that point, the Pope is unable to continue his duties due to physical or mental illness.

Assuming that the Pope does not voluntarily resign due to his health (as Pope Benedict XVI did in 2013), would the Pope be removed from office and a new election be called? Or would he still nominally hold the role while others perform the duties of his office?

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    I don't know about physical ailments, but permanent loss of reason (as in advanced Alzheimer's disease) results in loss of one's office. (This applies not only to the papacy but also to other offices in the Church.) – Andreas Blass Sep 18 '18 at 17:45
  • @curiousdannii I tried voting to close it, but for some questions I can immediately close them. Do you know why? – Geremia Sep 18 '18 at 23:26
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    @Geremia You have a gold tag for Catholicism, so you can immediately close any question with that tag as a duplicate, just like a mod (but not other close reasons). Pretty cool perk! Just have to remember that it can happen. – curiousdannii Sep 18 '18 at 23:29
  • @curiousdannii Cannot see the duplicate. Can you link it please? – luchonacho Sep 19 '18 at 17:29
  • @luchonacho It's available in the revision history for the question: Could the Pope be removed from office for lapses in judgment? – Nathaniel is protesting Sep 19 '18 at 20:08

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