Pope Gregory XII Resigns at Council of Constance

Pope Gregory XII Resigns at Council of Constance

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Pope Gregory XII formally resigns at the Council of Constance. Gregory XII was one of three rival popes, and he agreed to allow the Council of Constance to convene so that the issue could be resolved. The conflict is usually known as the Western Schism or the "Three Popes Controversy."

The Council's solution to the conflict is for all three rival popes to resign so that a new one can be elected, in a sense wiping the slate clean. In part because of his efforts to work with the council and willingness to resign for the sake of harmony within the church, Pope Gregory XII is treated as having been the legitimate pope.

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