The following is from a friend of The Catholic Monitor:
And this brings us to the most important teachings of the man many consider the most important pope of the High Middle Ages, Innocent III. In a sermon on the anniversary of his election to the papacy, Innocent taught:
The sacrament between the Roman pontiff and the Roman church perseveres so firm and unshakable that they cannot be separated from one another ever, except by death. The Apostle says that after her husband dies, a wife “is released from the rule of her husband.” A husband joined to his wife, does not seek a release, does not leave her, and cannot be dismissed, for “it is according to his Lord that he either stands or falls—and it is the Lord who judges.’ (emphasis mine)
It could not be clearer. Innocent teaches that the papacy is a “sacrament,” a spiritual marriage: “until death do us part.” A pope (husband) is not allowed to resign (“seek a release”), he “does not leave her,” his bride, the Church: “It is the Lord who judges.”
My discovery of this teaching was somewhat “distressing” to this author since a century later Pope Boniface VIII completely contradicted Innocent III, asserting that popes may resign. Though in his case the conclusion was self-serving, for as we shall see, he himself would otherwise be an antipope.
The question, of course, is who should we believe? The recent remarks of Bishop Athanasius Schneider take on increased significance:
Traditional and constant doctrinal statements of the Magisterium during a centuries-old period have precedence and constitute a criterion of verification regarding the exactness of posterior magisterial statements. New statements of the Magisterium must, in principle, be more exact and clearer, but should never be ambiguous and apparently contrast with previous magisterial statements. (emphasis mine)
 Corinne J. Vause and Frank C. Gardiner, eds., Between God and Man; “…the great number of sermons he did indeed write and deliver during his intensely active and often contentious career, is testimony to the value he placed on his vocation as a preacher. Before Innocent’s time only Leo I and Gregory I, also men deeply engaged in administrative and secular affairs, had left such extensive homiletic legacies.” p. xiii.
 Pope Innocent III, Sermo Three
 Bishop Athanasius Schneider, “Guest Op-Ed - Bishop Schneider: The interpretation of Vatican II and its connection with the current crisis of the Church,” July 21, 2017; https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/07/guest-op-ed-bishop-schneider.html
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