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Pope Benedict XVI resigns

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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual "state of the world" address to accredited ambassadors at the Regia Hall on January 7, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual “state of the world”
address to accredited ambassadors

at the Regia Hall on January 7, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
STEFANO CAROFEI/VATICAN POOL VIA GETTY IMAGES

VATICAN CITYPope Benedict XVI sent shockwaves throughout the Catholic Church Monday, announcing he would resign Feb. 28, citing health concerns. Here is the full text of his announcement, which he made to cardinals celebrating the naming of three new saints.

 

“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 barque 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.”

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» 19 Comments

  1. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 11th, 2013

    Dude! The Pope quit?
    Why do they nominate them at such an old age anyway?

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  2. KF

    February 11th, 2013

    What’s the Pope giving up for Lent?

    His job

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  3. Czar of Defenestration

    February 11th, 2013

    MJA, did you see any better qualified candidates 9 years ago?!?

    DRINK POPE-BEER
    https://www.google.com/search?q=papst+bier&hl=de&client=firefox-a&hs=FJ2&tbo=u&rls=org.mozilla:de:official&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=mGIZUZqWKJTC9QSzw4DgBw&ved=0CC8QsAQ&biw=1600&bih=796
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    Too many f*cking upcoming marxists in the bunch…gotta keep ‘em at bay.
    At least THIS WAY, Josef will be able to have a bit of a *say* who follows him.

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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 11th, 2013

    Maybe he just wanted out before they poisoned him.

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  5. KF

    February 11th, 2013

    I heard that joke from a Deacon..sorry if I offended anyone.

    But seriously, I’m sure he’s concerned about Marxist / Liberation theology kooks or radical homosexualists getting nominated.

    He thinks the next Pontiff will be Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Archbishop of Milan.

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  6. xthred

    February 11th, 2013

    The next Pope will be Petrus Romanus.

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  7. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 11th, 2013

    The Pope is pooped, y’all.

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  8. Billy Fuster

    February 11th, 2013

    I heard he and his gay lover are moving to Washington State.

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  9. scr_north

    February 11th, 2013

    Good for him, I think he recognizes that the church is in for the fight of it’s life in the next few years and that his health may put them in a difficult position. Back in 2008 the American Catholics (at least the hierarchy) supported the Dems and Obama because they felt that they best represented the idea of “Social Justice” that the church supports or at least supported. Well, I suspect that after getting screwed, lied to and in general battered about by the left wing progs the Pope may feel it’s time for the church to really fight back and that may take a younger, healthy man.

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  10. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    February 11th, 2013

    Just curious – what do retired Popes do? According to a Catholic website, a Pope can resign, but it appears that most of them that did so were either officially deposed, or abdicated due to extraneous circumstances (such as one early Pope who was exiled to salt mines by a Byzantine emperor). Pope Celestine V was a hermit who was elected to break a deadlock, apparently did not like the politics involved at the time, and resigned to return to his monastery. (It didn’t do him much good – he was still later imprisoned. And Dante put him in hell for resigning).

    About the only Pope who seems to have “retired” successfully was Benedict IX, who also holds the record by becoming Pope three times. After the third time, Benedict IX was deposed, then officially resigned and retired to a monastery to spend the rest of his life doing penance.

    In any event, I do admire Benedict XVI for resigning because he did not believe he could physically do an admittedly tough job anymore. Hopefully some of the better golf courses in the world can squeeze in a tee time for a retired Pope.

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  11. cfm990

    February 11th, 2013

    @ Billy Fuster. What are you, A Jehovah’s Witness?
    Anti Catholic? Or were you just media mesmerized? Swallowed the narrative hook line and sinker?
    What the hell? Might as well go all the way. All Priests are pedophiles. And all guns are evil.

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  12. GI-had Joe

    February 11th, 2013

    This should be interesting..We have our tickets to Easter Mass at the Vatican this year.

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  13. Maudie N Mandeville

    February 11th, 2013

    Retired popes are cardinals again.

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  14. Poor Guy

    February 11th, 2013

    I thought the only way out was to die.

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  15. norman einstein

    February 11th, 2013

    Now…if the Queen bails, I’m headin’ for the bunker!

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  16. Claudia

    February 11th, 2013

    Hehe, norman! I can see it now. Queen abdicates and Price Charles starts dancing a jig saying, “Finally, finally! I am KING!”

    Then, BOOM!

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  17. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    February 11th, 2013

    I translated the latin message he gave.

    Here it goes

    I am out of here suckers, your all going to hell.

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  18. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    February 11th, 2013

    you’re – see my latin is a bit rusty

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  19. Julio

    February 12th, 2013

    Wow, I really expected better, but I guess it was too much to ask for a little respect, compassion and decency for a holy man who represents one of the world’s most important religions and has devoted his life to the betterment of mankind instead of the petulant and snotty comments posted. For a minute there, I thought I wandered into a vile leftist blog where this type of disrespect and vileness is routine.

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