Wednesday, February 26, 2014

IT DOES APPEAR THAT SOMEONE AT THE VATICAN DOES READ CONSPIRACY THEORIES ABOUT POPE BENEDICT'S RESIGNATION AND EVIDENTLY IT IS POPE BENEDICT!

I even posted something on conspiracy theories concerning Pope Benedict yesterday and today His Holiness, himself, responds on the Vatican Radio Internet site! You can hear the Vatican Radio Report HERE or read it below:

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI: Theories surrounding resignation are 'absurd'



(Vatican Radio) The Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has lamented what he calls “absurd speculations” about his resignation in a letter to Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli, of the newspaper La Stampa. The Pope-emeritus was responding to a question about recent newspaper theories surrounding the validity of his resignation one year ago.

“There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry,” Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI wrote. He said the only condition for the validity of his resignation was the complete freedom of his decision. He called speculation regarding its validity “simply absurd.”

He also clarified he continued to wear the white cassock and kept the name Benedict for “purely practical reasons,” noting that at the moment of his resignation there were no other clothes available.

In any case, he added that he wears the white cassock in a visibly different way to how the reigning Pope wears it. He called questions about his attire another case of “completely unfounded speculation”.

The Pope-emeritus also confirmed the accuracy of media reports about another letter he wrote to a friend. In that letter, he said he is “grateful to be bound by a great identity of views and a heartfelt friendship with Pope Francis”, and sees his “last and final job to support his pontificate with prayer.”



Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/02/26/pope-emeritus_benedict_xvi:_theories_surrounding_resignation_are/en1-776540
of the Vatican Radio website

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The whole clothing issue just reveals some folks lack of intelligence to me.

Does a retired bishop go back to wearing just the garb of a priest? No. Does a cardinal over the age of 80 go back to just wearing the garb of a bishop? Of course not.

I know he won't, but why couldn't Pope Benedict do something liturgical? I hope he concelebrates with Pope Francis at the canonization of Popes JPII and JOHN XXIII...maybe even deliver the homily...why not. I would wager that Pope Francis wouldn't mind.

The papacy is not about power to each one of these men it's about service and stewardship of the Petrine ministry. Some members of the curia may see this as a power struggle but I don't believe these two Popes do.

My 2 cents...