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

by Nicole Fabian-Weber on February 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

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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  • Pinkmani


    February 11, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Let the church say Amen!

  • DebaLa


    February 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    They should all step down in the wake of every last abuse case. Prison for aiding and abetting in a cover up? That's a start.

  • jessi...


    February 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM
    so Humble ! let us say Rejoice!
  • kaerae
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    February 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM
    The whole church needs to step down.
  • Eddie...


    February 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    This isn't a Catholic website and you have no business reporting on news you don't understand. You can't even write an article to save your life much less report on something like this! Shame on you and shame on CafeMom!

  • bills...


    February 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM
    What change are you expecting, Nicole?
    And I would like to know why every time any one Catholic is brought up or the church is brought up, you have to bring up sexual abuse? You guys complain every time someone brings up terrorists and the Muslim faith. The church was wrong, admitted they handled things wrong and they are paying millions of dollars in settlements.
  • bills...


    February 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM
    I pray for the church and pray for the Pope's health. I will also pray that they will find a leader of the church that doesn't bow to pressure to change their beliefs and fights for our church. God Bless Pope Benedict and our church.
  • 2baby...


    February 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM
    i didn't know they could do that i thought a pope had to die in order to eject a new one
  • Blues...


    February 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    It's not just the sex abuse (which in itself is bad enough), but also the pope going to Africa and telling them condoms don't prevent aids, and criticizing the nuns in the US for focusing too much on the poor and not enough on females being submissive or bashing homosexuality enough. Not a guy to admire!

  • kelti...


    February 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I agree with Bills, unless you are Catholic and understand their beliefs and how the whole system works, you should just be silent on the subject. It is no secret that the Catholic church is anti homosexuality and anti birth control. (as are many Protestant denominations). I don't agree with them, but I don't get all bent out of shape because the leader of that church stands his ground and his faith on the subject. As for the sexual abuse, that was terrible, but there are hundreds of thousands of churches and priests around the world - painting the entire Catholic clergy as pedophiles would be like accusing the entire Muslim faith as terrorists because of the actions of a few select groups.

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