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Thoughts on the Resignation of Benedict XVI by Roberto Mattei

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Thoughts on the Resignation of Benedict XVI by Roberto Mattei

Post  otremer6 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:05 pm

No comparison can be made with either Celestine V, who resigned after having been snatched by force from his hermit’s cell, or with Gregory XII, who in turn was forced to resign in order to resolve the very serious issue of the Great Western Schism. Those were exceptional cases. But what is the exception in the gesture by Benedict XVI? The official reason, enunciated clearly in his words on February 11, reflects the norm rather than the exception:

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 bark of St. 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….
http://www.sspx.org/miscellaneous/thoughts_on_resignation_of_benedict_xvi_2-14-2013.htm

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