Pope's resignation address, in English
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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 fulfil 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


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I believe that this is a brave and selfless act by the Holy Father. It's not something I wanted or expected to see today but I understand his reasoning.  Being of the Pius XII generation, the ending of a papacy is not exactly new to me, nor, I would guess, is it to others who remember Paul VI or John XXIII as the Pope of their childhood.  I hope that those of you who have known no popes but John Paul II, whose papacy was extremely long, and Benedict XII will not be unduly concerned about this change. Poor John Paul I is barely remembered, of course.  That was a strange time, two conclaves in one year, but the Church survived.  The Holy Catholic Church will continue, we have Christ's word on that.  All will be well.

Much evil will no doubt be spoken now of Pope Benedict by the enemies of Christ's Church.  Some will say this is a bad decision, others will rejoice that he is resigning, hoping to get a Pope who will "get with the times" but we don't need to fear because of what others say.  Neither our enemies nor the media (who are sometimes the same people) will not choose the next Pope.  The Cardinals of the Church will. 

The Holy Father has realized that he doesn't have the strength of mind and body needed to guide the Barque of Peter for much longer in the way that Holy Mother Church needs to be guided in these difficult times.  He is the man most able to make that judgement and he wants to see a younger, stronger captain at the helm.  He should be admired for his decision. 

The timing is good, very good, because we're about to enter Lent, a time for reflection, repentance, and penance, and Catholics can be more closely drawn together now in considering this serious matter than they could be in any other season.  Catholics who rarely attend Mass always turn out for Ash Wednesday so we should expect a surge of attendance during Lent as we reflect on the time Jesus spent in the desert, as we will be in a sort of desert ourselves, with Pope Benedict, and then we will have the glorious celebration of Easter, of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour, with a new Pope to lead us.  He has thought this through and chosen well.

Remember that Pope Benedict held fast and did his duty throughout Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, not wanting to spoil the joyful times of the Christian year for us.  He did that for all of us, I'm sure, and I'm especially glad he did it for Catholic children who might have been upset by the Pope resigning around Christmas.  After all, many of them are the Benedict XVI generation, he is the first Pope they knew.

He has to have been thinking of this for some time.  He is establishing a precedent that, yes, a Pope may step down if he feels he should, and that will be good for the future of the Church.  Let us pray that he will live to see his successor well established and enjoy his retirement years at home in Bavaria, however many years God may grant him.

All will be well. 


(Note that there is a translation error of "bark" rather than "barque" and I believe that in referring to the Church, Barque is always to be capitalized, just as Church is).

I wrote this post about three hours ago, have been trying to post this ever since in the popular thread upstream, hitting post every half hour or so, whenever I had a moment, always getting a message that there were 8 or 15 posts that had been posted since I last tried to post!  So I decided to try posting here, hoping that sharing my thoughts would inspire others to share theirs, too. 



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(02-11-2013, 11:19 AM)Revixit Wrote: I believe that this is a brave and selfless act by the Holy Father. It's not something I wanted or expected to see today but I understand his reasoning.  Being of the Pius XII generation, the ending of a papacy is not exactly new to me, nor, I would guess, is it to others who remember Paul VI or John XXIII as the Pope of their childhood.  I hope that those of you who have known no popes but John Paul II, whose papacy was extremely long, and Benedict XII will not be unduly concerned about this change. Poor John Paul I is barely remembered, of course.  That was a strange time, two conclaves in one year, but the Church survived.  The Holy Catholic Church will continue, we have Christ's word on that.  All will be well.

Much evil will no doubt be spoken now of Pope Benedict by the enemies of Christ's Church.  Some will say this is a bad decision, others will rejoice that he is resigning, hoping to get a Pope who will "get with the times" but we don't need to fear because of what others say.  Neither our enemies nor the media (who are sometimes the same people) will not choose the next Pope.  The Cardinals of the Church will. 

The Holy Father has realized that he doesn't have the strength of mind and body needed to guide the Barque of Peter for much longer in the way that Holy Mother Church needs to be guided in these difficult times.  He is the man most able to make that judgement and he wants to see a younger, stronger captain at the helm.  He should be admired for his decision. 

The timing is good, very good, because we're about to enter Lent, a time for reflection, repentance, and penance, and Catholics can be more closely drawn together now in considering this serious matter than they could be in any other season.  Catholics who rarely attend Mass always turn out for Ash Wednesday so we should expect a surge of attendance during Lent as we reflect on the time Jesus spent in the desert, as we will be in a sort of desert ourselves, with Pope Benedict, and then we will have the glorious celebration of Easter, of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour, with a new Pope to lead us.  He has thought this through and chosen well.

Remember that Pope Benedict held fast and did his duty throughout Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, not wanting to spoil the joyful times of the Christian year for us.  He did that for all of us, I'm sure, and I'm especially glad he did it for Catholic children who might have been upset by the Pope resigning around Christmas.  After all, many of them are the Benedict XVI generation, he is the first Pope they knew.

He has to have been thinking of this for some time.  He is establishing a precedent that, yes, a Pope may step down if he feels he should, and that will be good for the future of the Church.  Let us pray that he will live to see his successor well established and enjoy his retirement years at home in Bavaria, however many years God may grant him.

All will be well. 


(Note that there is a translation error of "bark" rather than "barque" and I believe that in referring to the Church, Barque is always to be capitalized, just as Church is).

I wrote this post about three hours ago, have been trying to post this ever since in the popular thread upstream, hitting post every half hour or so, whenever I had a moment, always getting a message that there were 8 or 15 posts that had been posted since I last tried to post!  So I decided to try posting here, hoping that sharing my thoughts would inspire others to share theirs, too.

Thank you for this, Revixit.  These are my thoughts, too!  I'm deeply impressed by the Holy Father's humility.  May God bless him!
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(02-11-2013, 07:37 AM)loggats Wrote: 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 fulfil 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


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