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 barque
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
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
BENEDICTUS PP XVI
Listen to Pope Benedict XVI
make his announcment:
I for one actually believe the Pope when he says that his strength of mind and body has deteriorated to the point that he CANNOT adequately fulfill the Petrine Ministry.
We Catholics have a very bad habit of trying to read between the lines to try a find the REAL meaning: to get past the letters of the statement to get to the heart, spirit, (heck I'm sure someone would try to get to the spleen) of the statement. so there is this interpretation, or all out guess work like this speculation .
Firstly: I will remind you that any reading that concludes he is abdicating for any reason other than what he stated is in essence calling the Holy Father a liar. As for the all out speculation: really? He asked for the report and the report will be passed on to the next pope. The report will be dealt with by someone who has the strength with which to deal with it.
And I would further wish to remind all of the greatest misreading of Vatican documents, the last great attempt to get past the words to the spirit of the documents resulted in 40 years of liturgical desert.
Funny this Catholic is choosing to believe the Pope, not the Press. Mia culpa, mis culpa, mia maxima culpa
Scripture to keep in mind
Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth:  Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,  A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren.  My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20
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