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Pope to Visit Tomb of Pontiff Who Abdicated
Celestine V Resigned in Face of Unmanageable Corruption
ROME, JULY 2, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will return Sunday to the tomb of the only one of his predecessors to abdicate Peter's Throne, his second visit to the spot in two years.

The Pope will visit the earthquake scourged Abruzzi region of Italy on July 4 and venerate the relics of Celestine V, the 13th-century Pope who abdicated the papacy after only five months.

The Holy Father visited the tomb the first time when he went to the Abruzzi region shortly after the '09 quake. On that occasion, he left his pallium on the tomb.

Celestine was elected to the papacy after a two-year deadlock, during a time of widespread corruption in the Church. He had a reputation for holiness, and according to Inside the Vatican editor Robert Moynihan, "The cardinals of 700 years ago seem to have chosen Celestine almost humorously, as it were, not seriously, as if to say, 'We can't agree on a serious "Prince-Cardinal" for Pope, so we will choose this holy, quiet, learned monk to be Pope, and watch with a certain amusement as he struggles mightily but in vain to guide the ungovernable bark of Peter.'"

The monk was chosen at age 80, just two years older than Benedict XVI when he was elected.

"But the holy Celestine," Moynihan continued, "who pleaded with the cardinals not to choose him as the Pope, could not manage to rule the powerful cardinals around him."

After five months he resigned, hoping to end his life in peace, but his successor, Boniface VIII, had him imprisoned and annulled all his official acts.

Regarding Benedict XVI's two trips to the same spot, Moynihan observed: "I am not suggesting Pope Benedict XVI is thinking of following in the footsteps of the saintly Pope Celestine and resigning.

"I am suggesting that the studious Pope Benedict and the studious monk-Pope are 'connected' in a mysterious way."

The decision to visit his tomb, and to leave his pallium there, the editor suggested, "contain a message the Pope cannot deliver any other way."

"Benedict is intent on purifying the Church, at 'cleaning house,' both because it is the right thing to do, and so that the moral authority of the Church not be invalidated in the world's eyes by the sins of some of her members, and leaders," he added. "Benedict is striving to do what Celestine was unable to do: govern the Church. Reform the Church."
If Benedict wants to reform the church he must be honest with the laity about the contents of the Third Secret of Fatima even if it invalidates what has been done in the Church since 1960 and ruffles the feathers of some Cardinals, Bishops and theologians. The way thats been handled has been scandalous. Then he must concentrate on finding not just holy men but priests to be made bishops who are courageous and have a zeal for saving souls.
Well, St. Celestine is one of only a handful of canonized popes since from the second millennium. It would only make sense that Pope Benedict would visit the tomb of his sainted predecessor to venerate his relics.
I find this curious. Pope Celestine V when he was still a hermit warned to Conclave if the didn't elect a Pope soon, God would send a chastisement.
They then elected him though he was very old and a hermit. Does anyone thing Cardinal Ratzinger sees the similarity with  the coming chastisement ?
tim
Obsessed?
(07-02-2010, 07:35 PM)Cetil Wrote: [ -> ]Regarding Benedict XVI's two trips to the same spot, Moynihan observed: "I am not suggesting Pope Benedict XVI is thinking of following in the footsteps of the saintly Pope Celestine and resigning.  "I am suggesting that the studious Pope Benedict and the studious monk-Pope are 'connected' in a mysterious way."

Pope Benedict - when he was Cardinal Ratzinger - repeatedly said he would like to retire to a Bavarian village and dedicate himself to writing, but he told friends he was ready to accept God's Will in all things.  So when Pope John Paul II asked him to stay in Rome, he saw it as "God's Will" and stayed. 

Perhaps he just identifies with the saint's desire to spend his old age in seclusion and peace.  I bet Ratzinger envisioned the twilight of his life simply surrounded by his books, his music, his cats, and his God.
(07-02-2010, 09:50 PM)Credo Wrote: [ -> ]Obsessed?

Hah.  No kidding.  He's visited the tomb twice?  How many times has he visited the tombs of other popes?
(07-02-2010, 09:53 PM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: [ -> ]
(07-02-2010, 07:35 PM)Cetil Wrote: [ -> ]Regarding Benedict XVI's two trips to the same spot, Moynihan observed: "I am not suggesting Pope Benedict XVI is thinking of following in the footsteps of the saintly Pope Celestine and resigning.  "I am suggesting that the studious Pope Benedict and the studious monk-Pope are 'connected' in a mysterious way."

Pope Benedict - when he was Cardinal Ratzinger - repeatedly said he would like to retire to a Bavarian village and dedicate himself to writing, but he told friends he was ready to accept God's Will in all things.  So when Pope John Paul II asked him to stay in Rome, he saw it as "God's Will" and stayed. 

Perhaps he just identifies with the saint's desire to spend his old age in seclusion and peace.  I bet Ratzinger envisioned the twilight of his life simply surrounded by his books, his music, his cats, and his God.

i don't blame him at all for wanting to be secluded... being the Pope in the Church of today is enough to turn a black head of hair grey after a month
(07-02-2010, 11:32 PM)karyn_anne Wrote: [ -> ]
(07-02-2010, 09:53 PM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: [ -> ]
(07-02-2010, 07:35 PM)Cetil Wrote: [ -> ]Regarding Benedict XVI's two trips to the same spot, Moynihan observed: "I am not suggesting Pope Benedict XVI is thinking of following in the footsteps of the saintly Pope Celestine and resigning.  "I am suggesting that the studious Pope Benedict and the studious monk-Pope are 'connected' in a mysterious way."

Pope Benedict - when he was Cardinal Ratzinger - repeatedly said he would like to retire to a Bavarian village and dedicate himself to writing, but he told friends he was ready to accept God's Will in all things.  So when Pope John Paul II asked him to stay in Rome, he saw it as "God's Will" and stayed. 

Perhaps he just identifies with the saint's desire to spend his old age in seclusion and peace.  I bet Ratzinger envisioned the twilight of his life simply surrounded by his books, his music, his cats, and his God.

i don't blame him at all for wanting to be secluded... being the Pope in the Church of today is enough to turn a black head of hair grey after a month

I think he already had grey hair when he was elected.  White, actually.  Tip o' the hat
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