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2013-02-12 by . 5 comments

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Pope Shocks World, God Shocks Pope

As you may have heard, Pope Benedict XVI is hanging up the Pallium.  In what will surely go down as the template for the most estimable letter of resignation ever, the Pope says:

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.

So, unlike his predecessor, Bl. John Paul II, who held out to the very end to prove every last letter of what he wrote in Salvifici Doloris, Pope Benedict XVI is going down as the little Pope he wanted to be and leaving us with a lot of unanswered questions.

Fortunately for us, there’s!  A website that, in 2005, was only a twinkling in the eye of no one ever, but now an excellent place to ask all your petrine, patristic and patrimonious questions. As well as all those things Protestants care about (like the Biblical Basis for everything).


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  • I really wish the blog had an upvote button.

  • Tiago Rodrigues says:

    Please don’t assume you know all the details of the Holy Father’s resignation. It’s fine if you don’t like the man, but at least trust that the Holy Spirit will not allow him to do wrong to the Church even if he wanted to.

  • I agree with you Tiago Rodrigues, the pope is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church, the Pope is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter, the Apostle. The current office-holder is Pope Benedict XVI, who was elected in a papal conclave on 19 April 2005 and is expected to hold office until 28 February 2013, the date on which he has said he will resign.

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