Monday, February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI will resign the Papacy at the end of the month.
News of the Pope’s resignation shocked the Vatican insiders and Catholics around the world. Citing advanced age, he issued this 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.”
He went on:
“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 recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”
Is it possible that Benedict himself lost faith?
Pope Benedict XVI, who was a member of Hitler’s Youth, replaced Pope John Paul II in 2005 at the time of his death and led the Catholic Church during the on-going priest child sex abuse scandal that rocked the Vatican to its foundation.
Profoundly homophobic, Pope Benedict XVI, never missed an opportunity to issue an offensive edict attacking gay rights and same-sex marriage.
The Roman Catholic Church now finds itself at a crossroads. It can remain mired in the 8th century or it can embrace the 21st century and recognize women priests and the growing belief that gay couples have the right to marry.