Pope Benedict Announces Shocking Resignation With a Humble & Profound Speech (VIDEO)

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pope benedictIn a shock to the Roman Catholic world, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he plans on resigning on February 28 after less than eight years in office. His Holiness is citing the fact that, to put it bluntly, he's just too old to carry out his papal duties anymore as the reason for his resignation. According to a Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, a successor could be elected by Easter, March 31. But, he clarified that that timeline is "not an announcement, [but] a hypothesis."

The Catholic church faced many scandals during Pope Benedict's conservative papacy, forcing many to question him, as well as the church in general, but, regardless of what one's thoughts are on the job he did while serving, it's hard to deny that his resignation speech wasn't both profound and humble. Pope Benedict said:

"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. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom, I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of St. Peter."

Personally, I think it's admirable for the Pope, who turns 86 in April, to break tradition and resign. Rarely do we see leaders -- of any office -- step down due to getting older. In fact, this is the first time a pope has voluntarily stepped down in over 600 years. Typically, they, like his predecessor Pope John Paul II, die while in office. It takes a certain kind of person to swallow their pride and admit to themselves that they can no longer perform the tasks expected of them. As opposed to staying in office until his last breath, he's exiting gracefully.

Of course, he's also left the world wondering -- and worrying -- who will take his place. With the pressure of having to choose someone so quickly, will it be the right choice? Choosing a pope isn't something that's done willy-nilly. USA Today published a list of possible successors to Pope Benedict, as speculated by "Vatican experts", and my money's on one of the men listed. I think, typically, there's a general sense of who may fill the shoes and who's out of the question.

So, looks like come Easter (give or take), we'll have a new person in the highest position in the Catholic Church. It's obviously not going to please everyone, and I'm sure it'll stir some controversy, but I don't think I'm alone when I say: A change might be in order after all.

What do you think of Pope Benedict's resignation?

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Blues... Blueshark77

I was raised Catholic, Kelticmom. I've seen how the system works and I was (and still am) horrified. I don't think all priests are pedophiles, but it's hard to respect an organization that would protect and hide those who are. So even though I wasn't sexually abused I was taught that I was second class to men and my period was a curse and childbirth was punishment. And even if someone hasn't been raised Catholic they still have the right to voice their opinion. 

kelti... kelticmom

Blueshark, I was raised Southern Baptist, and I was taught the same thing about my period, childbirth, being "submissive to men" etc. Most Christian denominations do believe that. But the thing is, as adults, we can choose whether or not to listen/believe them. We can walk out the doors of the church and find another that we like. But I would never say that the Southern Baptists shouldn't teach those things, because they are entitled to their interpretation of Scripture.

Flori... Floridamom96

It seems to me that Pope Benedict is acting out of love for his church and its people.

nonmember avatar ThatGirl

Organized religions are cults. Look at how many people still follow their religions despite the horseshit beliefs they spew and the horrific abuse that is embedded in the who culture of religion. It's no different than the cults that religious people make fun of and accuse their followers of being brainwashed. Pot meet kettle.

bills... billsfan1104

Blue, in all the churches I have been too, I have never been taught that. I have always been taught that having your period was a beautiful thing and something to be celebrated. Childbirth was never taught to me as being a curse. So I don't know what you were being taught.

Blues... Blueshark77

I was taught that in the Catholic school I went to. My mom didn't even realize that was was we were being taught. Another problem I had is that I wasn't allowed to question anything in school or church, just blindly accept what they were saying. I refused to go by the age of 14. I understand why some people still go, but I don't and never will again.

nonmember avatar k

Blue what order were those priests? I went to a Marianist HS and my grammar school was dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, with a convent attached. There was never any repression demonstrated toward the girls in either place, but obviously both places had strong affiliations with Mary. I no longer practice, for my own personal reasons. But all of my experiences growing up were positive.

nonmember avatar BrendaBoo

Mark my words - there is more to this story than we are being told. The Pope doesn't resign because he's in bad health. That's a load of crap. The Catholic church is keeping secrets again and hasn't learned anything from the past. No, I don't believe that all priests are pedophiles, but I can't believe in an organization that would condone that behavior and move abusive priests around to protect their precious church. What about all those precious kids???????

posh777 posh777

Am surprised that no one here mentioned the fact that the popes resignation paves way for the final pope which is in fulfillment of bible prophesy, this really gives me chills that my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be here soon. Please I'll like to appeal to those of you still living in sin to repent so as to keep yourselves pure as we await our saviour. #maranatha

nonmember avatar Franklin

@posh666, only one problem with that - your religion is a fairy tale, and not even a nice one. keep your paranoid fantasies and delusions of grandeur to yourself.

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