Monday, February 11, 2013

Today's Colossal Announcement

"Quapropter bene conscius ponderis huius actus plena libertate declaro me ministerio Episcopi Romae, Successoris Sancti Petri, mihi per manus Cardinalium die 19 aprilis MMV commissum renuntiare ita ut a die 28 februarii MMXIII, hora 29, sedes Romae, sedes Sancti Petri vacet et Conclave ad eligendum novum Summum Pontificem ab his quibus competit convocandum esse"I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome".

This blogger does not think he can improve upon Damian Thompson's commentary — Pope Benedict XVI resigns. This is unbelievable news, but evidence of his deep humility. Mr. Thompson sees this in light of the "radical and stubborn streak in him that means he would take advantage of the facility to resign the throne of Peter if he felt it necessary for the good of the Church" and "above all as an act of self-sacrifice by a man not prepared to see the Church suffer as a result of his increasing frailty." A brief assessment:
    Benedict XVI's achievements as pontiff have been remarkable. He has renewed the worship of the Church, reconnecting it to the majesty and deep piety of the past. He has forged new links with non-Catholics, for example by bringing ex-Anglicans into the fold through the Ordinariate. He has promulgated teaching documents further integrating the love and teaching of Christ with the structures of the Church – structures that, it would appear, he feels now unable to continue ruling.
I heard the news from Rafael, our East Timorese student, whom I see at campus masses with our Togolese student. He showed it to me on his smart-phone, one again demonstrating that students from the world's poorest countries are usually more tech-savvy than me.

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