Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Farewell, Pope Ratzinger

  • Mario Vargas Llosa, a "self-proclaimed atheist opposed to the moral teachings of the Church," reminds us that this pontiff "not only represented the conservative tradition of the Church, but also its greatest legacy: that of the high and revolutionary classic and renaissance culture that, let us not forget, the Church preserved and spread through its convents, libraries and seminaries" — Atheist Nobel prize winner mourns Pope's retirement.

  • Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendia, apostolic nuncio to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, on this pontiff's "cleansing of the episcopate" — Pope sacked 'two bishops a month'. "This Pope has removed two or three bishops per month throughout the world because either the accounts in their dioceses were a mess or their discipline was a disaster," said His Excellency.

  • Sandro Magister offers "central passages of the last address of pope Joseph Ratzinger, Wednesday, February 27, 2013" — The Testament of the Wise Helmsman. "I no longer bear the authority of the office, but I remain within the enclosure of Saint Peter." Unprecedented.
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    1 Comments:

    Blogger Steve Hayes said...

    No, Google, I don't want to joing Blogger. As I was saying before you so rudely interrupted me,

    I just watched his depasrture from trhe Vatican, and last public appearance at Castel Gandolfo on TV. He looked frail and tried and deserves a quiet retirement.

    February 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM  

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