Holy Father to Resign

I was shocked to find out that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, is set to resign the See of St Peter at the end of the month.

The Holy Father released the following statement

"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 steer the boat 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."

This has come as a massive surprise, something I am sure that many Catholics across the globe are feeling at this moment.

He was our Sheppard in the night, the leader of the Church Militant and the Successor of St Peter.

I have to be honest and say that I did not greet his election with much joy; in fact I was quite openly hostile and arrogant. I was longing for either a South American or African Pope. I was quite Liberal at the time and believed it was time to shake up the Church but my feelings then were not informed with prayer, meditation or knowledge of both the Gospel and traditions of the Holy Mother Church.

Looking back I realise he was the right man to succeed the much loved Pope John Paul II. He was a fierce defender of Catholic dogma and the truth in these Godless times we live in.

It's perhaps best that the guidance of the Conclave of Cardinals is left to the Holy Spirit and not this humble sinner.

His resignation is in stark contrast to his predecessor who struggled until his dying days with the supreme duty and sacrifice of the office he was entrusted with.

Pope John Paul II encompassed all that was good about Catholicism and I only hope and pray that the successor of Pope Benedict XVI has the strength and vision to lead our Church in these difficult times.


Anonymous said...

Hello chris;

Good to see you back comrade.

When I heard the news of the pope's resignation I was respectfully sorry for worldwide catholics who have lost their leader.
It is a shock to the flock; and they will need comfort and reassureance over the coming months.

Now for my disagreements:

"He was a fierce defender of Catholic dogma and the truth in these Godless times we live in."

I disagree completely:
for a start "fierce" and "truth" are not great bedfellows, and never have been.

Catholicism should not be about rules and dogma, that was OT stuff; the new covenant is about Love, that is the Law.

Now in that spirit I'm afraid all of Ratzinger's positions failed the test :

He was anti everything I hold dear: feminism ( womens reproductive rights ), gay marriage, contraception, priests to marry.

It is precisely because we as a society , in the west, are becoming more true to christs teachings in our morality that we accept and tolerate gay marrige, lesbianism, contraception, marriage of priests.

This is how Our Lord treated those who were different, with love and compassion , and the Church should reflect that.

So I hope we get a liberal new pope; and get some love and respect back into the body of christ.

gaskin1916 said...

Thanks Erasmus

You and every other liberal Catholic may like to believe that we don't need rules and all you need is love, sadly even in love there are rules.

The Church will never support the murder of the unborn, gay "marriage" etc

Some of you in the west are moving further and further away from his teachings and the new Pope must not allow the Church to be led down that path

David Lee said...

I'm following Christs teachings/examples aren't you?

He sat down with people regardless- says so in the gospels.

There's very little of Our Lords teachings reflected in The Churches teachings- that ought to worry you

Point out for me biblical passages which support your postions, that i may consider the matter further

as afar as I know Jesus never mentioned abortion, thats priests should not marry, or that homosexuality was a sin

but I am willing to hear if you show me where -

if all you have is church teachings - then you have to ask yourself

are you following Christ or the Catholic Church?


Chris Gaskin said...


I don't have time to start quoting scriptures, I suggest you read the bible and focus in particular on St Paul's letters to the Romans

David Lee said...

lol - I recommend thomas a kempis the imitation of christ - its much more rewarding to try to live as christ lived - and leave the church to its hypocrisy- get off your crosses


By John R. Mabry

I went to the Garden of Love

And saw what T never had seen:

A Chapel was built in the midst,

Where I used to play on the green.

And the gates of this Chapel were shut,

And "Thou shalt not" writ over the door;

So I turned to the Garden of Love

That so many sweet flowers bore;

And I saw it was filled with graves,

And tomb-stones where flowers should be;

And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds

And binding with briars my joy and desires.

-William Blake (1757-1827)

Chris Gaskin said...

I'll stick with Holy Scripture and the traditions of the Mother Church for the last 2,000 years thanks

David Lee said...

good luck with that, however we are saved by faith, through grace and not via any church, that's in the scriptures

ephesians 2:8

I'm afraid I have to depart , as I'm up caring for the sick and disabled tomorrow - look forward to more posts

Chris Gaskin said...

Dave, if you believe that we are saved through faith alone then you aren't Catholic. Sola Fide is a protestant doctrine

David Lee said...

a faith without works is a sterile faith: apostle james
but as far as salvation is concerned the scriptures could not be clearer, if a person does not believe what the bible teaches they are not even a christian ..but a blasphemer !