Question regarding Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation

Question by May:

I haven’t been in touch with what’s going on with pope benedict. so when i’ve known just the other day that he’s resigning as pope i googled why…then i came up with this article that said said something like at last he’s stepping down because he cant bear his guilt anymore of his hiding or not doing something with those priests, bishops and cardinals guilty f wrong doings (abuse of power and sexual abuse). so i’m pretty sure the writer isn’t catholic. and instead of reading further more of whatever comes up in google, i thought i might as well ask you..if there’s anything more that you can tell me unless it’s just but his age and strength that’s why the pope is resigning. of course i love pope benedict and his focus on evangelization.


Regarding Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, your guess is as good as mine. As far as I know, he already stated about its possibility three years ago:

“Cardinal Ratzinger, in his 2010 book-length interview Light of the World, had told the German journalist Peter Seewald that if a pope “realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign” (p. 30). ” (TFP)

The reasons that he stated for his resignation this year 2013 are the same:

“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…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 to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.” (Catholic News)

So I don’t think there is any surprise here. He is only being consistent.

For your comfort in these troubled times, you may like to read Don Bosco’s Vision of the Two Pillars.