11 February 2013

BXVI to resign the papal office

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign the papacy on Feb 28th.

"For this reason [failing health], 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," he added. 


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10 comments:

  1. We live in interesting times.

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  2. Let the punditry run amok now...

    It is what it is, but I wonder who are currently the favorite ones...I've just read that Arinze can't participate.

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    1. Well, the punditry, of course, has begun...Fr. Angelo Geiger offers some insightful predictions about the impact of this news from the point of view of perennial rad-trad controversy.

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    2. And for the record, Steve Kellmeyer's take on the issue is interesting as well.

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    3. And Peggy Noonan's (as usual) heartfelt impressions are worth reading, too.

      (Fr., sorry for turning your comments into an opinion aggregator...it's just that, unlike everybody, I got this news in the middle of carnival, when our brains here are already shut off...)

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    4. No worries. . .I got the news in the middle of one of my Down Times, so I'm not really following it much.

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    5. To add to Matheus' list, Br. Gabriel Mosher, OP, has put up a beautiful reflection on his blog, eighthway.com.

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    6. Thanks Shelly; beautiful indeed (direct link here).

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  3. After my initial shock upon hearing this news, and some personal guilt at not praying enough for our dear Pope, I realized all I can do is pray. So that is what I'll do. Really, reading all the views and predictions, etc... won't change a thing, and I have enough to worry about in my own life without adding to it something over which I have no control. So, I will pray. "Thy will be done...."

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    1. Yea. I actually shouted at the congregation Monday morning about all that prophecy BS. I said, "It's all nonsense. Nonsense. NON. SENSE!"

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