Tuesday, 12 February 2013


 “There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit”.

Everyone, regardless of faith was shocked to hear of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
The first time in over 6 centuries that such a thing has occurred! Come the end of this month, we will be living/seeing/believing a historical moment in our lifetimes.
The resignation letter from Pope stated as follows:

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

The move is something which is unbecoming of a 21st century public figure. In recent years, we have heard of public figure being embroiled in sex scandals, drugs, pedophilia  phone hacking and all sorts. Very few are able to put their cause above themselves.
There has been controversy surrounding the Church in recent years through the outing of child sex abuses, homosexuality and other such cases which has rocked the faith to its core foundations.

People are going to accuse him of all sorts of things such as running away from the battle or shirking his responsibilities in trying to modernize the Church. However in my opinion the lasting legacy will be on the 28th February 2013 at 20:00 hours when he relinquishes his post in the most dramatic of circumstances - all in the name of proving that sometimes, some things are more important than one man.

To say that the Pope is not up to the job is one thing - but for the Pope to say himself that someone else can do the job better for the sake of his religion is a powerful and profound message to people all over the world today. 

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