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Pope Benedict XVI to Resign: What's Your Reaction?

Citing failing health, the head of the Roman Catholic church has announced he will resign as of Feb. 28.

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign from office. The following is the full text of the pope's announcement, as provided by the Vatican:

Dear Brothers,

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 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 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 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
BENEDICTUS PP XVI

 

The Pope is a Fraud February 11, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Isn't this the same Pope who was a member of the Hitler Youth? That's not a joke; look it up
The Pope is a Fraud February 11, 2013 at 03:36 PM
As John Paul II's right hand man, in charge of enforcing the conservative papal policy, Cardinal Ratzinger earned an unfortunate nickname from his more progressive peers: the "Panzer Cardinal". Like the tank. Pope Benedict XVI, now 78, had his own brush with warfare as a young boy growing up in Nazi Germany. •At age, 14 membership in Germany's "Hitler Youth" became mandatory. So Joseph Ratzinger enrolled •He managed to get out early so he could study for the priesthood. •Two years later, when he was 16, Ratzinger was drafted again by the German Army. •Ratzinger worked as a helper in an anti-aircraft briagde. •In 1945, he was put through basic training and stationed near his hometown in Bavaria. •When Allied forces advanced, he deserted the German army — risking death by that act alone. •After he escaped, Ratzinger was captured by American soldiers and spent the remainder of the war in a POW camp.
Fabian Fortunato February 12, 2013 at 05:43 PM
This guy was kind of scary from the beginning. Very ghoulish looking.

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