FishEaters Traditional Catholic Forums

Full Version: Benedict says God told him to resign during 'mystical experience'
You're currently viewing a stripped down version of our content. View the full version with proper formatting.
Pages: 1 2 3
From the Guardian;

Quote:The former pope Benedict has claimed that his resignation in February was prompted by God, who told him to do it during a "mystical experience".

Breaking his silence for the first time since he became the first pope to step down in 600 years, the 86-year-old reportedly said: "God told me to" when asked what had pushed him to retire to a secluded residence in the Vatican gardens.

Benedict denied he had been visited by an apparition or had heard God's voice, but said he had undergone a "mystical experience" during which God had inspired in him an "absolute desire" to dedicate his life to prayer rather than push on as pope.

The German ex-pontiff's comments, which are said to have been made a few weeks ago, were reported by the Catholic news agency Zenit, which did not name the person Benedict had spoken to.

A senior Vatican source said the report was reliable. "The report seems credible. It accurately explains the spiritual process that brought Benedict to resign," he said.

Benedict said his mystical experience had lasted months, building his desire to create a direct and exclusive relationship with God. Now, after witnessing the "charisma" of his successor, Pope Francis, Benedict said he understood to a greater extent how his stepping aside was the "will of God".

Benedict's reported remarks contrast with the explanation he gave to cardinals when he announced his resignation on 11 February. "My strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," he said then.

At the time, a German journalist who had recently met Benedict reported he was going deaf, appeared to be blind in one eye, and was emaciated and "exhausted-looking".

Speculation also grew that he was depressed after his trusted butler, Paolo Gabriele, was caught leaking his personal correspondence. Italian press reports have recently claimed he was frustrated by a network of influence built up at the Vatican by a pro-gay lobby of prelates.

Zenit reported that Benedict has stuck to his plan to live a life of secluded prayer, receiving very few visitors at his house in the Vatican's gardens, which enjoys views across Rome to the Apennine mountains beyond.

"During these meetings, the ex-pontiff does not comment, does not reveal secrets, does not make statements that could be understood as 'the words of the other pope', but is as reserved as he has always been," wrote Zenit.

After concerns were raised that Benedict would exert undue influence at the Vatican as his successor struggled to find his feet, Francis's popular approach and his shakeup of Vatican protocols have relegated Benedict to the sidelines.

Francis has even joked about the situation, saying in July: "The last time there were two or three popes, they didn't talk among themselves and they fought over who was the true pope!"

Having Benedict living in the Vatican, he added, "is like having a grandfather – a wise grandfather – living at home".

Francis's first encyclical, issued in July, was started by Benedict while he was in office and finished by his successor.

Benedict took his first day trip out of the Vatican on 18 August, walking in the gardens at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome, where he stayed after his retirement while his new house was being refurbished. Benedict did not risk running into Francis, who has preferred to stay at his desk at the Vatican during the summer.
At first I thought it was a scandal for Benedict to resign, but now I don't think that but understand. The postmodern state of the papacy is immeasurably difficult. In the end he, as the Supreme Pontiff, had the authority and right to resign. Let us pray for Benedict in his old age.
Certainly, if he thought that God was telling him to resign, he did the right thing.
(08-21-2013, 12:08 PM)christulsa123 Wrote: [ -> ]At first I thought it was a scandal for Benedict to resign, but now I don't think that but understand. The postmodern state of the papacy is immeasurably difficult. In the end he, as the Supreme Pontiff, had the authority and right to resign. Let us pray for Benedict in his old age.

Of course!  If one can not be compelled to accept the papacy, neither can one be compelled to retain it.
The wind is blowing but where it is going we know not.

tim
(08-21-2013, 12:50 PM)Tim Wrote: [ -> ]The wind is blowing but where it is going we know not.

tim

No kidding.  afraidsmiley

  Francis said he didn't want to be Pope. Maybe that was God telling him not to accept it. Huh?
This is the original report on Zenit.org:

Quote:Benedict XVI Visits Castel Gandolfo
Rome, August 21, 2013  (Zenit.org) Salvatore Cernuzio

The Pope Emeritus on Sunday spent a few hours at Castel Gandolfo, at the residence where he passed his summers as Pope.

According to reports from Vatican sources, Benedict XVI spent about three hours at the papal summer residence, walking in the palace gardens, praying the rosary and attending a piano concert of classical music. He then returned in the evening to the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, where he now lives.

The four consecrated women of Communion and Liberation who cared for Benedict XVI's papal apartments, and continue to take care of his living quarters, accompanied him on his excursion.

Mystical

Now more than six months after the announcement that shook the world, Benedict's decision to live a hidden life is still being reflected upon. Some have had the privilege to listen to the Pope Emeritus himself speak about his choice. Despite his cloistered life, Benedict has allowed -- sporadically and only on certain occasions -- some private visits at Mater Ecclesiae.

One such visitor, who met with the Pope Emeritus several weeks ago, reported that Benedict spoke of his motivations for resigning.

“God had told me," he said, clarifying that it was not any kind of apparition or phenomenon of that kind, but rather a “mystical experience” in which the Lord had developed in his heart an “absolute desire” to remain alone with Him, withdrawn in prayer.

Ratzinger, the anonymous source revealed, declared that this “mystical experience” has lasted all these months, increasing more and more the longing for a unique and direct relationship with the Lord. In addition, the Pope Emeritus reflected that the more he observes the “charisma” of Pope Francis, the more he understands that his choice was “the will of God."
(08-21-2013, 01:06 PM)FlosCampi Wrote: [ -> ]  Francis said he didn't want to be Pope. Maybe that was God telling him not to accept it. Huh?

Francis should have listened.
(08-21-2013, 01:06 PM)FlosCampi Wrote: [ -> ]  Francis said he didn't want to be Pope. Maybe that was God telling him not to accept it. Huh?

Lol.  He was damned if he accepted and damned if he didn't by the Tradisees.
Pages: 1 2 3