Pope Benedict XVI to resign
Pope Benedict shocks the world by saying he no longer has the mental and physical strength to cope with his ministry.
forthe 900th anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Malta at the St. Peter Basilica in Vatican February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Pope Benedict XVI attends a Mass celebrating the 200th anniversary of the independence of Latin American countries at St. Peter's Basilica December 12, 2011. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Angelus prayer from a window of his private apartment, as a gust of wind blows a cloth, at the Vatican February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Pope Benedict XVI leaves in his popemobile after blessing the traditional Crib in St Peter's square at the end of the Te Deum prayer in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2009. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico
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Pope Benedict XVI looks on during a mass at Antonio Maceo square in Santiago de Cuba March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during Angelus prayer from his summer residence, in Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome August 20, 2006. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli
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Pope Benedict XVI leaves Lambeth Palace in the Popemobile in London September 17, 2010. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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Pope Benedict XVI holds his cross as he leads a solemn mass in Zagreb June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianch
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As a Catholic I am saddened and shocked....I hadn't heard of any major health problems lately...praying for the Pope, the Church and the people
...praying for a conservative, traditionalist Pope... think St. Pope Pius X, a warrior against Modernism.
A successor of Peter that will stand against the tides of the destruction of the family, homosexual union, against Modernism, against Freemasonry and their doctrines of relativism, against ecumenism and "inter-faith,"
I am not catholic, but I still feel shock and great sadness. I may not have always agreeded with his statements, but I was confdent that he was there and in controll.
Is it any surprise that the late Christopher Hitchens was not a huge fan of Pope Benedict? Before his death, Hitchens blamed Ratzinger for creating a statute of limitations for reporting crimes committed by members of the church.
Not content with shielding its own priests from the law, Ratzinger's office even wrote its own private statute of limitations. The church's jurisdiction, claimed Ratzinger, "begins to run from the day when the minor has completed the 18th year of age" and then lasts for 10 more years. Daniel Shea, the attorney for two victims who sued Ratzinger and a church in Texas, correctly describes that latter stipulation as an obstruction of justice. "You can't investigate a case if you never find out about it. If you can manage to keep it secret for 18 years plus 10, the priest will get away with it."
First:- ´Too bad his decision is due to weak health.... I´m 90 and sometimes only struggle with the body... the mind seems okay and too sharp to most people´s liking.... but still.... One thing strikes me that he, Benedict is a "human realist"... He called himself a "son of Germany" and asked why "His" God was silent when 1.5 million victims, most Jewish (Not secular Jews... Donah, so not even a holocaust) died in WW2.... leading me, Donah - a total nonbeliever - to suggest that Benedict too "sensed" there was no God the way "Religion" portrays HIM.... acknowledging a Creator of this Universe but not a "Healer of Faith".... The One who steps in and corrects misdoings.... Donah..//
I have one Holy Father & He never has mind or body issues!!!!!
pope is leaving and another man will be called father but dont forget that there is only one father and king for all humans who are killing each other lead by humans.....men;called leaders,kings,generals and fathers.It happened this rebellion for 10000 years but the question is for how long will continue
Your honesty will be remembered.you were faithful to God and people and you will remain our beloved pope
James Mackenzie, our chief correspondent out of Italy sends this along...
The Cardinal of Krakow, Stanislaw Dziwisz, former personal secretary for Pope John Paul II until his death in 2005, had this to say about Benedict’s resignation:
“I understand his motivation. He ran the Church with prudence and wisdom…”
Asked about John Paul II’s not to step down, Dziwisz said:
“I was near John Paul II, until his last hearbeat….I saw when it stopped. He ran the Church until the end because he believed that you don’t get down from the cross”.
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said in reaction to the announcement from Rome (hat tip to our chief correspondent in Italy James Mackenzie) :
It is with great emotion that we learned today that Pope Benedict XVI will retire at the end of this month. His decision deserves our greatest respect.
The papacy of Benedict XVI elevated Catholic-Jewish relations onto an unprecedented level. Not only did he maintain the achievements of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, and give the relationship solid theological underpinning but, more importantly, he filled it with meaning and with life.
No pope before him visited as many synagogues. He met with local Jewish community representatives whenever he visited foreign nations. No pope before him made more strides to improve the relationship with the Jews – on so many levels.
From beginning to end, Pope Benedict XVI has shown skillful leadership. He realized that the public Holocaust denial by church leaders must not go unanswered, and he spoke out against it.
He always had an outstretched hand and an open ear for Jewish leaders. Since becoming president of the World Jewish Congress in 2007, I met with him three times at the Vatican. We did not agree on all decisions that were taken during his papacy, including the restoration of the Good Friday Prayer, but on all occasions he was open-minded and listened carefully to the points we made.
Pope Benedict XVI has been sincere in his intention - and actions - to place relations with the Jews on a rock-solid footing. We hope that his successor will continue from where he leaves off.
We wish His Holiness all the best for the coming years. We thank him for the trust and respect he has shown to us. With his actions, he has earned the ever-lasting friendship of the Jewish people. We will miss him.
President Barack Obama released this statement on the Pope's resignation:
On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years.
The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI's successor.
Pope Benedict made several apologies to victims who were sexually abused by clerics, etc, within the Catholic church, yet to this day, he has taken no decisive actions to punish any high ranking church official for enabling, empowering, and covering up sex crimes against innocent kids.
Many should have been fired. Just to name a few..
--Cardinal Law, who was given a plush job in the Vatican
--Bishop Finn, who is a convicted criminal is still the bishop of the KC-St Joe diocese
--Cardinal Mahony, horrific cover up of sex crimes per thousands of recently released LA Archdiocese secret documents
We hope there is someone within the college of Cardinals who could be a pope with integrity, who will start to take immediate actions to stop these crimes against humanity.
Children are safest when child predators and those who enable and conceal their crimes are held responsible.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. firstname.lastname@example.org
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc."
Pope Benedict has been a loyal defender of the faith that does not change from one papacy to another
Did mediaeval predecessor inspire Pope's retirement?
Pope Benedict XVI gazed out on the crowd packing the piazza of a small Italian town. Below him lay the bones of Celestine V, the last pontiff to choose to retire; above rose sunlit crags where the "hermit pope" took refuge from a troubled mediaeval world.
A few weeks after that visit in July 2010 to Sulmona, in the Abruzzo mountains, the then 83-year-old Benedict told a fellow German he would not hesitate to become the first pope since Celestine in 1294 to resign of his own free will, if he was no longer able - "physically, psychologically and spiritually" - to meet the demands of running the billion-strong Catholic Church.
Did the example of Celestine's "Great Refusal" inspire his ageing successor to consider the alternative to death in office?
The working day Benedict spent in Sulmona, on July 4, 2010, was part of a typically busy schedule for the leader of one of the world's great faiths; he met hundreds of people and said mass for the 800th birthday of Pietro Angelerio, a monk who lived in local caves before and after his five troubled months as Pope Celestine V during a conflict between Church factions.
Some of Benedict's words that day may in retrospect betray a sense of weariness and a longing for a cloistered retirement.
In a homily to the crowd of 10,000 in the main square, he said: "A beautiful expression of St. Paul ... is also a perfect spiritual portrait of St. Peter Celestine: 'Far be it from me to glory, except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.'"
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