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Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

Walter Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

April 01, 2016
   
 

POPE BENEDICT’S Announcement That he would resign the Office of the

 Papacy..sent shock waves throughout Religions of the world...which also

 had cultural, material, political, economic & social concerns....among a

 great many people....& places.

 

HIS RESIGNATION on Feb 13, 2013 was effective at 8:00 PM (20:00 Hrs)

this date.  He was the first Pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII....600

 Years ago in 1415 AD.  Father Lombardi, Papal Secretary of State, described

a few external changes:  His Red Shoes are now Brown...a gift he received

on his State Visit to Mexico.

 

HE WILL NOT HAVE THE TITLE of Cardinal...& he will not be able to hold

any office in the new Curia.  His Title will be:....”His Holiness Benedict XVI,

...Roman Pontiff Emeritus....or “Pope Emeritus.”

 

THE CARDINAL CARMALINGO Tarciscio Bertone destroyed the Ring of the

 Fisherman...& the Lead Seal of his Pontificate.   He will keep his white

Cassock without the Mozzetta...(Red Cap)..in retirement.  Benedict took

 up residence in the Papal Palace in the town of Castel Gondolfo where

Popes reside during  the summer.

 

THE SWISS GUARDS serve as the Pope’s Body Guard which terminated

when his resignation came into effect.   The Option for a Pope to resign

 is written in the Code of Canon Law...which states that a Pope may step

 down...as long as the decision is....”made freely...& is duly manifested.”

 

BENEDICT STATED that the reason for his Retirement was failing health

due to old age...& that he no longer has the strength...suited to adequate

exercise of the Petrine Ministry....& the good of the Church.

 

THERE ARE A NUMBER of “Conspiracy Theories”...citing other reasons for

resigning. Please remember theories are NOT factual....& continuous

speculation often encourages confusion.

 

                                              “LONG LIVE THE POPE” 

      LATIN  =  VIVIS PAPA                ITALIAN  = VIVA iL PAPA    

      SPANISH  =  VIVA El PAPA       FRENCH  =  VIVE La  PAPE    

      GERMAN =  Es Lebe der PAPST                    

   
 
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