Pope to resign Feb. 28

First Pope to resign since 1415
Wire
Feb 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals this morning.

He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope — the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide — requires "both strength of mind and body."

"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," he told the cardinals. "I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering.

"However, 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 barque of St. Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary — strengths 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."

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants.

Comments

whopper2011

Maybe he is going to pursue the dream of every Catholic Priest...becoming A Scout Leader.

Contango

Watch out also for Penn State employees and public school union members.

Contango

Pope resigning? Ain't that an Apocalyptic sign or sumpthin'?

In a related note: Maybe NASA’s deliberately misinforming us about the path of the asteroid zippin’ by on Fri. cuz they don't want to cause a panic? :)

Estimated 750 sq. mi. blast area if it were to hit.

cjbell019

And all young boys around the world breath a collective sigh of relief....for the time being.

ladydye_5

I do find it odd that he would resign in the height of the most important catholic holiday of the year. I mean he couldn't wait till April? Or why didn't he do it in January? Not like he got OLD overnight! I do agree with Contango...I think it is a sign of the End of days! (I didn't know you could resign, I thought it was a "til death do us part" kinda thing.)

Kottage Kat

The anti-christ is busy
Read the Bible
It is all in there
Ready for the rapture
U betcha

Contango

The early Christians thought that the End Time would occur soon after Jesus' death.

Christians thought that the world would end in the yr. 1000 AD.

A bunch of Christians thought that the world would end in Y2K.

"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (MT 24:36)

Obviously according to the "official text," if even the "kid" was outa the loop it's all pretty much guesswork.

Superstition tends to lead to bizarre thinking and gullibility.

Kottage Kat

Thank you for sharing your vast wisdom and knowledge

Contango

Merely a public service to help "enlighten" the ignorant.

44846GWP

Are you "enlightend" then?

Windy

The world actually ended on January 20, 2009 when the Obaminator took the Oath of Office, it's just that the Dems haven't #%&@-ed it up enough yet for the rest of us to notice. Give em' three more years and it will be painfully obvious.

Cliff Cannon

I can't believe it. 2 more payments and my pick up truck is paid for and you folks are writing about the 'end of world '. Shucks, I barely survived the Mayan thing and now this......

Contango

The odds makers have an African in the lead!

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100450439

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet...

This oughta be interesting.

queenjhb

blessed are the meek,as they will inherit the world, give me a break, I wish I knew when the end was coming, Id rack up alot of credit card bills.