With no other option, Law tendered his resignation to Pope John Paul II and slinked off to Rome.
But these high-level sources who refused to be quoted or named say his resignation is only a matter of time.
Like when a president accepts the resignation of an embattled cabinet member (who really may have been fired).
late 14c., "act of resigning" (an office, etc.), from Old French resignation (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin resignationem (nominative resignatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin resignare (see resign). Meaning "submission, acquiescence" is from 1640s.