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'Let Us Move Forward'

A Penny for My Thoughts: On the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI



On February 11 of this year, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation as of February 28,2013.

Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger in Bavaria, Germany, he was ordained as a priest in 1951. " At the moment the elderly Archbishop laid his hands on me, a little bird- perhaps a lark- flew up from the alter in the high cathedral and trilled a little joyful song," stated the Pope.

April 2005 saw him elected successor to Pope John Paul ll. He chose 'Benedict' for his Papal name...a Latin term for 'blessed.' "Dear brothers and sisters ," he said softly, "After the great John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble laborer in the vineyard of the Lord. The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with insufficient instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. In the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of His unfailing help, let us move forward. The Lord will help us, and Mary His Most Holy Mother, will be on our side." He concluded, "Thank you."

Pope Benedict XVI is the 265th Pope and serves dual roles; Sovereign of Vatican City and the leader of the Catholic Church. He is considered to be theologically conservative and a defender of the traditional Catholic doctrine. Prior to his Papal role, Ratzinger served as a professor, a theologian and a dean.

Pope Benedict XVI speaks French and Italian fluently. He also has a command of Latin, English, Spanish and Portuguese. He can read Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew. His Papal quarters sport a grand piano where he plays his beloved Mozart and Bach. Benedict  is a member of several scientific academies, holds 8 honorary doctorates and has written 66 books. His love of cats is evident as a house cat is often brought to him for a lap companion when he arrives at myriad destinations to serve the people.

Of the frequent theme, 'Friendship with Christ,' the Pope said, " If friendship with God becomes for us something ever more important and decisive, we begin to love those whom God loves and who are in need of us. God wants us to be friends and we can be so, if we are entirely close to him."

Citing deteriorating strength and the physical and mental demands of the Papacy as his reasoning for resignation, Pope Benedict XVI stated, "I will continue to serve the church through a life of dedicated prayer." 

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Patrick February 26, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Hey Chris, sorry to burst your christ-bubble but your messages are very close-minded. although Ido not practice Catholicism I will not say that there are only 2 reasons why a person would be a Catholic. Fact is there are many, just as their are many reasons why a person would hold a grudge with the Catholic church. Being a gay man myself i do not like the fact the according to the Church I am living in sin. I volunteer, try to live a good life and treat people well. I dont believe a loving god would damn me eternally because i was born with a different sexuality. Seeing that you were a religious ed. teacher for 17 years, i hope that you taught your students open-mindedness and compassion. It does not matter what you believe in, as long that it is loving and helps you to help others. Scenario 2, maybe someone detests the Catholic church because the first experience they had with a "man of faith" was getting molested by their parish priest Scenario 3. Someone question why the Catholic church teaches that it's a sin to kill yet has killed thousands since its existence. Scenario 4. People as yourself give the church a bad image.
Chris Delia February 26, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Folks, I really dont have time for this, it is clear we will have to agree to disagree. Do your own thing and answer for it in the end. Good luck and God Bless.
Vicki Flint February 27, 2013 at 08:05 AM
Chris, Your final comment was fine, except for saying "...and answer for it in the end." Just remember that you, too, will have to answer for your narrow-mindedness, lack of compassion, and pride. May God bless you, too. You definitely need it.
Chris Delia February 27, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I may not be perfect Vicki but I am ready to answer to God. Can you say the same, I hope so but I really think you need to re-read (Or read) your bible and the catechism if you think you are a devote Catholic.
Chris Delia February 27, 2013 at 02:44 PM
My narrow mindedness? Vicki I have my beliefs but I do not judge anyone, it is not for me to judge. Yet you folks judge me for what I believe. I believe that everyone has a right to believe or not believe what they want. I not only believe that but have spent a life time protecting that right for everyone. You folks say you want tolerance but that in not what you want, what you want is for me to change my beliefs to match yours. Not going to happen.
Chris Delia February 27, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Let’s remember how this started, someone wrote a nice piece about the Pope and you folks used it as an opportunity to attack the church. There thousands of sites dedicated to pro-homosexuality, atheism, satan worship and on and on, I have never gone to one of those sites to attack them because they have a right to believe what they want. You can thank the United States of America for that, a country that was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs.
Chris Delia February 27, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Sin is sin and everyone has an excuse why it’s not their fault. The person that cheats on a spouse blames them, the person that steals blames society and on and on. You don’t want to believe you are sinning, that’s fine. I will never judge a person for how they live so don’t judge me, I will never attack a person for what they believe so don’t attack me, I will never ask you to change what you believe so don’t ask me. I will however talk or debate with anyone anytime or any place. I will do so with an open mind because anyone can be wrong about something. Can you folks say the same, I doubt it.
Chris Delia February 27, 2013 at 02:45 PM
You folks want to talk about the rights of women in the church? Yet you say nothing about how women are treated as property in many parts of the world. Besides God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Mother Mary is the most important person in the church. Women have great authority in this church and always have, read your bible. Can you say that for the rest of the world?
Chris Delia February 27, 2013 at 02:45 PM
You want to talk about deaths caused by the church (I assume you mean the crusades in which case you show your ignorance), yet you say nothing about the hundreds of thousands of children killed before birth or while being born. You say nothing about the thousands of people being killed all over the world simply for being Christian. Christian men and women have fought and died all over the world protecting the rights of others.
Chris Delia February 27, 2013 at 02:45 PM
You talk about abuse of children in the church as small as the percentage is, yet you remain silent when they are abused in much larger numbers in other religions and secular organizations. You attack the Catholic Church for our beliefs, yet you say nothing to the fact that all major religions hold similar beliefs and a lot are more strict about them.
Chris Delia February 27, 2013 at 02:45 PM
You attack the Catholic Church yet you fail to mention that it is the Catholics that started Universities for people to learn, it was the Catholics that started hospitals. It is the Catholics that provide more charity to more people than any other religion and we do that no matter what they believe or how they live. You want freedom to believe what you want and equal rights for all, look at any Christian country and you will find it.
Chris Delia February 27, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Patrick, you stated that you hope I teach my kids to be open minded. What I teach my kids is to hate the sin but love the sinner. Try to correct sin but do not judge, it is not your place. Live and lead by example and to remain steady in your faith because many will try and pull you away from it, you folks are a perfect example of that. What do you teach about the people you disagree with?
Chris Delia February 27, 2013 at 02:48 PM
God has blessed me and my family beyond my wildest dreams and I will always be grateful for that. I am sure if you looked at it you would see He has done the same for you but it’s your choice, believe what you want.
Wondering February 27, 2013 at 03:47 PM
For somebody that doesn't have time to discuss a topic, you wrote a lot. But please be consistent. You wrote several times that you won't judge somebody else for their beliefs but referred to "godless liberals" on Feb 21. Are you claiming that all liberals are godless? I am very much a liberal and also very much active in my house of prayer. I sure hope you are not claiming that I pray to a false God. That smells of a judgement. But I could be wrong.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 27, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Wondering, Regarding Chris: "For somebody that doesn't have time to discuss a topic, you wrote a lot." I was just now thinking almost the same thing. I figured he was all done, and had moved on, so to speak.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Chris, If it's my choice to believe as I want, (and I most assuredly do), then why worry about any of us becoming members of The Holy Roman Catholic Church? If I simply believe in your church, am I then forgiven and saved from my sins? What about Jesus Himself? Is Salvation through Him or through your church? You are a study in weakness, Chris. Your blind fealty is admirable, but oh so lacking.
Vicki Flint February 27, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Chris, How can you say "...I do not judge anyone, it is not for me to judge." when in your preceding comment you pass judgement on my devoutness as a Catholic.
Vicki Flint February 27, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Chris, You most certainly do judge a person for how he/she lives, when you brand it as sinful.
Vicki Flint February 27, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Chris, Women had, yes, have, no.
Vicki Flint February 27, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Chris, I believe you show your ignorance. Most certainly Patrick refers to the Inquisition for starters.
Wondering February 28, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Please name a living woman with authority in the Catholic Church. What is her current position in relation to the Pope (clearly the top of the hierarchy)?
Leah March 04, 2013 at 02:32 AM
I just waded through all these comments. Ms Gemmel wrote a nice article on the pope and some of you trashed him. Shame on you!
Wondering March 04, 2013 at 12:09 PM
So you approve of Catholic Church's (and by extension this Pope's) role in the child abuse scandal and coverup?
Leah March 04, 2013 at 12:21 PM
No of course not.When human beings are given power, anywhere, there will be abuses. terrible? yes. I was trying to say that if the pope is not respected then who is?
Wondering March 04, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I was hoping the first part would be your response. But respect should not be given unconditionally. I respected John Paul II immensely. However, the revelations of this pope's actions (and inaction) prior to his rise to the papacy should justifiable be criticized and, I believe, be more than a mere footnote to any honest account of his life.
Kathleen Gemmell March 06, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Did you hear? A man dressed as a bishop tried to sneak into the conferences being held to choose a new Pope. Apparently, his cassock was too short and that gave him away. Boy oh BOY!
Vicki Flint March 07, 2013 at 08:48 AM
Kathy, He was actually dressed as a Cardinal, not Bishop. What gave him away was the purple (should have been red) scarf he used as sash around his waist.
Kathleen Gemmell March 08, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Right now, the make up of the electorate looks like this: 10 are from Africa 12 are from Asia 20 are from North America 13 from South America 60 are from Europe. Waiting for the WHITE SMOKE to let us know that a new Pope has been chosen.
Vicki Flint March 08, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Kathy, Thanks for keeping us informed.
Kathleen Gemmell March 13, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Black smoke billows from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel today, No new Pope as of yet. Saint Peter's Square holds families, religious, tourists and the plain old curious...all hoping to witness the election of a new Pope.

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