Monday, February 11, 2013

It's no joke: Pope Benedict XVI announces resignation, effective February 28, 2013

I thought this was a joke as people noted Fox News was reporting the Pope was resigning.  Such rumors had floated many times before.  However, this is no rumor.  Here, on the website of Vatican Radio is the news this morning (full text below).

It's the first time in 600 years....

It's quite possible that there is something very serious with his health and he wants to prevent chaos should his health go down fast.  For example, should it get to a point that the Pope cannot function or he gets so severely impaired, someone has to decide whether to take him out of the position.  That's difficult for others and it causes suspicions.  Imagine the conspiracy theories that would abound. Perhaps some similar scenario has played put in his head. The bottom line is that he is going out on his terms, and probably not without an awful lot of prayer.

And, we should pray too.

World Youth Day will have a pope, but it won't be the beloved Pope Benedict XVI

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer. 
From the Vatican, 10 February 2013 



My only comment, setting aside shock, is to simply pray.  The Holy Spirit knows what he is doing, and so does Pope Benedicct XVI.  We don't know what is happening behind the scenes, and what has been transpiring with his health.

I trust the Holy Spirit on this one, and I think all of you should too.

UDPATE 1: Here is the list of Cardinal Electors

UPDATE 2:  The secular media is having a field day thinking that a new man will be chosen with their secular, mostly left-wing social world view. Pay them no mind. They are interviewing some in the dissenting wing of the Church as "experts."  LOL. They don't know that in Catholicism the Church has no authority to "grant" permission for people to, say, engage in sexual activity outside of Sacramental marriage, nor can the Church change the form and matter of a sacrament.

More thoughts to come, probably tomorrow morning. Stay tuned and just remember: The Holy Spirit is driving this bus.

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Tominellay said...

Benedict XVI has been an exceptional pope; God blessed us with his ministry. I pray for him and for his successor.

Sher said...

Oh my! I wonder about his successor! Who will become our new Pope?

Diane Korzeniewski, OCDS said...


To answer your question, the next pope will be the Holy Spirirt's choice.

As Catholics we have to trust the process.

I will say that the same conclave that chose Ratzinger - a man known as "God's Rottweiler" by the dissenting wing of the Church - is still there, with more of the old guard retiring. Papa Bene has had a few years to stack that deck.

My suggestion is to place full confidence in the Holy Spirit.

I hope it's Cardinal Burke; others will hope it's Cardinal Turkson; and, the Italians are hoping it will be an Italian.

It's okay to hope as long as we append that with, "if it is your will, Lord."

I think the world should expect the unexpected. No one expected a polish Pope in 1978 or someone the secular world and dissenting Catholics loathed as much as Card Ratzinger.

I rest my case.

NBW said...

I am saddened that Pope Benedict XVI has chosen to resign. He was my favorite Pope. He got things done. I hope and pray for a very good successor.

Susan said...

Very sensible of him. I didn't think it wise of his predecessor to hang on past the time he was able to function.

Nick said...

"repeatedly examined my conscience before God"

A great example for examination of conscience and submission to the Will of God!

But I'm going to miss the Pope's catechsis and homilies, and all his other works too.

Let's pray for the grace of a holy Successor and for the grace of a holy death for the Pope and for all souls, especially poor sinners.