Benedict XVI Resignation Bombshell

Pray for our beloved Pope Benedict XVI who will no longer be Pope from 28th February. I am sure I do not speak for myself alone when I say I did not see this coming. How sad to see our Holy Father retire from the Throne of St Peter! We will miss His Holiness so much!

Pray for our Holy Mother the Church and for Benedict XVI.

'Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonisations, 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 recognise 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 

Pope Benedict XVI prays before the relics of St Celestine V, the Pope who resigned after 5 months

Comments

pelerin said…
I am surprised there are no comments yet here. However I expect it is because we are all still in a state of shock and words seem superfluous.

This morning I watched Mass from Lourdes on the Internet celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was beautiful. Snow was falling as the Bishop later lead the large number of clergy to the Grotto for the Angelus. Many joined them under their umbrellas.

When it finished I was really 'on a high'. Then I heard the news....
Yes it is a shock but also a test of Faith for us in this Year of Faith. We must believe that the Holy Spirit will always guide the Church. And we have been so privileged to have lived during the Pontificate of Pope Benedict guiding us through difficult times.